Feb 092018
 

Chances is a bit over-the-top, which I guess is to be expected for the era, but still charming performances from Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Rose Hobart.

 

 

Chances
— Warner Archive Collection —

(1931)

Genre(s): Drama, Romance, War
Warner Archive | NR – 72 min. – $21.99 | February 6, 2018

Date Published: 02/09/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Writer(s): A. Hamilton Gibbs (novel); Waldemar Young (adaptation)
Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rose Hobart, Anthony Bushell, Holmes Herbert, Edmond Breon
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: None
Region(s): 1

 

 

PLOT SYNOPSIS


A chance meeting on a foggy London street presages the sundering of an inseparable bond during World War I in this pre-Code wartime romance. Jack Ingleside (DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR.) is on his way to meet his literal brother-in-arms Tom Ingleside (Anthony Bushell) when he bumps into an attractive young woman (ROSE HOBART). Not realizing the young lass is his childhood nemesis Molly Prescott, Jack finds his charms rebuffed with the promise that he will see her soon. Soon comes in the form of his and Tom’s final weekend leave (they’ve finagled being posted to the same cavalry unit) at his mother’s country estate where they all meet again. While sparks fly betwixt Jack and Molly, Jack discovers that Tom is also in love with her. Playboy Jack elects to step aside for the better man… but the heart won’t follow.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


No features and only a very basic main menu.

 

VIDEO – 2.5/5, AUDIO – 2.25/5


Warner Brothers Home Entertainment releases Chances onto DVD through their Archive Collection with a 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and given a Dolby Digital Mono track. Neither are particularly good looking or sounding with plenty of dust marks, scratches and other major flaws while the audio flares up at times while dialogue was alright.

OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, Chances is a bit over-the-top, which I guess is to be expected for the era, but still charming performances from Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Rose Hobart. This Archive MOD release is rather basic but the movie being available for the first on DVD is a plus.

 

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