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The Golden Chance (1915)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 December 1915 (USA)
Mary Denby becomes a seamstress after her husband Steve wastes their money on booze. Her employer provides her as an escort to accompany millionaire Roger Manning. Her husband tries ... See full summary »

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Cecil B. DeMille

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Cecil B. DeMille (story), Jeanie Macpherson (story) (as Jeannie Macpherson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cleo Ridgely ... Mary Denby
Wallace Reid ... Roger Manning
Horace B. Carpenter ... Steve Denby
Ernest Joy Ernest Joy ... Mr. Hillary
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Hillary
Raymond Hatton ... Jimmy The Rat
William Elmer ... The Rent Collector (as Billy Elmer)
Mrs. Lewis McCord Mrs. Lewis McCord ... Mary's Tenement Neighbor
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Mary Denby becomes a seamstress after her husband Steve wastes their money on booze. Her employer provides her as an escort to accompany millionaire Roger Manning. Her husband tries blackmailing Manning and is later killed by the police, leaving Mary free to wed the millionaire. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

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English

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30 December 1915 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$18,711 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The role of "Mary Denby" was first assigned to Edna Goodrich, and a good portion of the film was in the can when her drinking problem became so severe that Cecil B. DeMille fired her and shut down production long enough to find a new star, Cleo Ridgely. DeMille was then forced to continue directing The Cheat (1915) during the day while directing the re-shoots of this movie at night. See more »

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A good early DeMille film
21 October 2017 | by CJBx7See all my reviews

Mary Denby (Cleo Ridgely), a seamstress from the slums, gets a chance at a better life when she is employed by a couple that hopes to woo a young millionaire (Wallace Reid) into a lucrative contract. However, unbeknownst to her employers and would-be-suitor, she has a thieving drunkard husband (Horace B Carpenter) who complicates things. Directed by Cecil B DeMille.

The story is generally engaging, although at times somewhat implausible, and with a rather rushed ending. Cleo Ridgely is quite appealing and sympathetic as the heroine, and Wallace Reid smolders and charms very effectively as the debonair millionaire. The acting by all is generally quite restrained and naturalistic, showing that even in the early days of feature films actors were capable of nuanced performances.

Director Cecil B DeMille and cinematographer Alvin Wyckoff make a very talented team, imbuing the film with distinctive lighting and shadow effects, as well as intriguing compositions (note the shot where Reid and Ridgeley kiss, which is done with the camera looking down briefly from above). By now they had emerged with a distinctive style, consolidating the successful elements at work in CARMEN and THE CHEAT (which also came out in 1915). A nice film, worth watching for silent movie enthusiasts as well as those who may be new to silent film. SCORE: 8/10.


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