Chances (1931)

Genres - Adventure, Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Romantic Adventure, War Drama  |   Release Date - Jul 18, 1931 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This World War I romance stars Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Anthony Bushell as two British officers who happen to be brothers. Both men fall for the same girl (Rose Hobart) while on furlough, resulting in dissention at the Front. What might have been a festival of cliches emerges as a superior drama, thanks to the clever (but unobtrusive) direction of Allan Dwan. In one of his first truly worthwhile roles, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is utterly convincing as a young Briton who must balance duty with desire; Anthony Bashell is far less believable, but can be forgiven his excesses since he later retired from acting to become a director. Previously produced as a silent film, Chances was based on a story by A. Hamilton Gibbs.

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brother, love-triangle, love-vs-duty, soldier