City of Chance


57m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
The City
Release Date
Jan 12, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Film Length
5,150ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

In the City of Chance, a bustling metropolis in which people will gamble on anything, another day begins for the Judge, an old-style gentleman gambler, as he opens up the illegal casino he runs with his prot├ęge, Steve Walker. Steve, who actually owns the casino, is being pressured by gangster Marty Connors to sell out to him, but despite advice from the Judge that it would be the best thing to do, Steve refuses. Later that night, investigative reporter Julie Reynolds arrives at the club and is intent on getting enough evidence to justify a raid by the district attorney, who is waiting with the police for her call. Julie poses as a naive Texas girl, but her plans go awry when she and Steve recognize each other. The couple were childhood sweethearts in Texas, and it does not take long for their romance to be rekindled. The Judge, however, takes a dim view of Julie when he eavesdrops on her conversation with her editor as she reports her progress. The Judge warns Steve that Julie is a reporter, after which Marty ominously tells Steve that he will not be seeing him again after Steve again refuses his offer to buy the club. Marty then orders his henchman, Charlie Nevins, to "take care" of Steve. Steve rejoins the Judge in the casino, where they greet their old friends, debutante Lois Carlyle and Ted Blaine, who confide that they were married in the morning. Julie overhears and rushes to call her editor with the scoop, even though Lois and Ted's parents do not know yet. Steve and hat check girl Molly trick Julie into thinking she has relayed the story when actually she has only talked to them. Molly then calls Marty, with whom she is in love, and arranges for Steve to be in a place where Charlie can kill him. Charlie's shot misses, however, and the diplomatic Steve and the Judge soon have Charlie working for them. They tell Charlie about the presence of Baron Joseph, who has been blackmailing Lois for some old love letters she wrote to him, and Charlie vows revenge, for Joseph was also responsible for his serving two years in prison. The Judge calls Lois and tells her not to worry about Joseph anymore, and then discusses Steve with Julie, who confesses her love for him. The Judge agrees that Steve needs to be get out of the business, and arranges for Julie to call the district attorney to begin the raid. The Judge intends to be the fall guy in the raid, but just before it occurs, Steve meets with Marty and sells him the casino. As the new owner, it is Marty who is arrested when the police arrive. The next morning, the Judge meets Steve and Julie for breakfast as they are planning their future together. Steve bids a regretful farewell to the Judge, who has been like a father to him, and after Steve and Julie leave, the Judge and Passline, one of the club's dealers, plan to sail on the S.S. Queen , a floating casino.

Film Details

Also Known As
The City
Release Date
Jan 12, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Film Length
5,150ft (6 reels)

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Notes

This film's working title was The City. A Hollywood Reporter pre-production news item noted that Ricardo Cortez was set both to direct and star in the film. Several Hollywood Reporter production charts list Edward Cronjager as the film's photographer, although Lucien Andriot is credited on screen.