Take a Chance (1933)


Take a Chance was based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, though only one of the original songs, Eadie Was a Lady, has been retained. The thinnish plot involves the misadventures of a pair of pickpockets, played on Broadway by Jack Haley and Sid Silvers and on film by James Dunn and Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards. Tired of fleecing the suckers in a travelling carnival, our heroes head to Broadway, where they get mixed up with gangsters.

Director: Monte Brice, Laurence Schwab.
Writers: Nacio Herb Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva, Laurence Schwab, Sid Silvers, Richard A. Whiting, Vincent Youmans, Monte Brice, Buddy G. DeSylva, Laurence Schwab.
Stars: James Dunn, June Knight, Lilian Roth, Cliff Edwards, Lilian Bond, Dorothy Lee, Lona Andre, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Charles Richman, Robert Gleckler, Harry Shannon, George McKay.


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  1. Patrick Trimble
    October 28, 2021

    Quirky but enjoyable vintage 1930’s film from the risque fertile minds at Paramount. Dunn & Edwards are silly/grande as two petty pickpockets who stumble into the Broadway theatre in a lively blend of old gag routines & 1930’s musical standards. Hightlights include Lillian Roth performing her specialty number, “Sadie Was a Lady” and Ukelele Ike’s rendition of vaudeville theme, “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” The film is filled with a raft of pre-code inside jokes trying to get through the censors makes it fun. As a small side-note, the New Deal Rythmn number at the tail end was obviously originallyin the film but cut for timing reason. When you look closely, you can spot a youthful Marjorie Main as the one female politician in the hall of men. Thanks Jon for a delightful film.

  2. Alan Abrams
    November 14, 2021

    Also appearing in a small role is Vivian Vance, of “I Love Lucy” fame, singing in the Eadie Was A Lady scene.

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