A LADY OF CHANCE

Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: December 1, 1928

Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Johnny Mack Brown, Gwen Lee, Lowell Sherman

Producer: Irving Thalberg
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenwriters: Edmund Goulding (adaptation); A.P. Younger, Carey Wilson; Ralph Spence (titles)
Source: the story Little Angel by Leroy Scott
Cinematographers: J. Peverell Marley, William Daniels (uncredited)

THEME

A girl in a blackmail ring starts to fall for a would-be victim.

PRODUCTION QUOTE

“The screen rights to the Frederick Lonsdale play The Last of Mrs. Cheyney have been acquired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Norma Shearer will star in it following A Little Angel, which goes into production next week.”
- “M-G-M Acquires Last of Mrs. Cheyney,” Motion Picture News, August 4, 1928.

REVIEWS

“Considering her luckless part, Miss Shearer does exceedingly well. As her type of beauty is essentially classical, it cannot be said that she is suitably cast. Lowell Sherman’s acting of the unscrupulous Bradley is capital.”
- Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times, January 14, 1929.

“Picture hasn’t any action, but extracts some spas­modic good moments from Miss Shearer, who is backed by the smooth working Sherman in a role that is a pushover for him. Trying to see it from the balcony angle there’s not much doubt that Miss Shearer holds this release together.”
- Variety, January 16, 1929

LETTERS FROM REGIONAL THEATER OWNERS

“One of the best in which Miss Shearer has appeared lately. Drew favorable comments from patrons.”
- Joe Hewitt, Strand Theatre, Robinson, Illinois, Exhibitors Herald World, January 12, 1929

“This is my idea of a splendid picture, good acting, and faultless direction. A story not too improbable. Didn’t pull, but not the fault of the picture.”
- George K. Fuller, Playhouse Theatre, Fairhope, Alaska, Exhibitors Herald World, April 6, 1929

“A pleasing picture that made our patrons say, ‘She’s sure good, isn’t she?’ Many went home and told their friends, and the friends appeared for the second show.”
- M.A. Fauver, Broadway Theatre, Brooklyn, Iowa, Exhibitors Herald World, April 13, 1929

FIGURES

A Lady of Chance cost $381,000 and grossed $628,000. It lost $9,000. This film probably lost money because in early 1929 talking films made by other studios were pulling audiences from M-G-M’s silent films. This was Shearer’s last silent.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)

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Behind the Scenes

Portraits