Chance at Heaven (1933)





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A spoiled rich girl marries a gas station owner in this dated romance starring Joel McCrea, Ginger Rogers, and Marion Nixon. It is love at first sight when debutante Glory Franklyn (Nixon) spots handsome grease monkey Blacky Gorman (McCrea), who promptly dumps faithful girlfriend Marje Harris (Rogers) to marry the heiress. Wedded bliss, however, quickly gives way to everyday worries and Glory even fails at cooking a dinner. Because she still loves Blacky, Marje nobly gives her rival a crash course in good housekeeping, but the spoiled Glory discovers that she is expecting and high tails it back to Mama (Virginia Hammond), who never approved of the marriage and is only too happy to see it fail. Fearing that his wife will obtain an abortion, Blacky hurries to New York, but is too late. Divorced and heartbroken, the young gas station owner finds solace in the arms of the loyal Marje.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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RKO Radio Pictures


Ginger Rogers
as Marjorie 'Marje' / 'Mug' Harris
Joel McCrea
as Blackstone 'Blacky' Gorman
Lucien Littlefield
as Mr. Fred Harris
George Meeker
as Sid Larrick
Herman Bing
as Chauffeur
Alden 'Stephen' Chase
as Betty's Escort (uncredited)
Marian Nixon
as Glory Franklyn
Robert McWade
as (scenes deleted)
Helen Freeman
as Franklyn's Guest (uncredited)
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Harris
Harry Bowen
as Reporter
Virginia Hammond
as Mrs. S.T. Franklyn
Thelma Hardwick
as Miss Bruce, Franklyn's Guest (uncredited)
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Minor programmer with Ginger's character to self sacrificing to be believable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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This is an odd pre-coder. It seemed to be a popular trend of the era to buck the old class systems. The idea of inter-marriage between said classes and the chaffing that occurs from it. In most movies I've seen of this time there is a happy ending that has the two together despite the class difference. The idea to encourage the breaking down of these walls. This one... not so much. The relationship between the gas station owner and the debutante is very odd. It's almost like they're playing a game of house and not actually grown-up married. She's a very silly child who has no concept of the world around her and for some reason the gas station guy is besotted with her. (Even though adorable, funny, and down-to-earth Ginger Rogers is gaga for him). It's not really insulting to women because you also have the more normal Ginger Rogers (who seems content to just hang around and wait for the marriage to implode on its self) that you instantly root for. (Although one has to wonder why she'd go back to a guy who ditched her so casually) It's actually kind of insulting to men since it presents the normal work-a-day guy as being very easily charmed by a pretty face with a little money to throw around. And maybe to an extent that's a little true. I almost feel like this movie points out the foibles of both genders in one form of another. But perhaps I'm projecting too much... Throw in a bizarre "OMG did they just imply she had an abortion?!" subplot and you have one of the more weird and different pre-codes I've ever seen.

Stephanie Merchant
Stephanie Merchant

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