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Chance at Heaven

Chance at Heaven
Chance at Heaven poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
James Anderson (assistant)
Screenplay byJulien Josephson
Sarah Y. Mason
Based onA Chance at Heaven
1932 short story
by Vina Delmar
Produced byMerian C. Cooper
StarringGinger Rogers
Joel McCrea
Marian Nixon
Andy Devine
Lucien Littlefield
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byJames B. Morley
Music byMax Steiner
Roy Webb
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • October 27, 1933 (1933-10-27)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Chance at Heaven is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by William A. Seiter and written by Julien Josephson and Sarah Y. Mason based on a 1932 short story of the same name by Vina Delmar. The film stars Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marian Nixon, Andy Devine and Lucien Littlefield. It was released on October 27, 1933 by RKO Pictures.[1][2][3]


Blacky owns a very successful service station in Silver Beach, Massachusetts,[4] a summer resort for the wealthy. He plans to own a chain of stations someday and to marry his girlfriend Marje. However, he falls in love with Glory, a flirtatious, accident-prone debutante whose snobbish mother has just purchased a large summer home. An unlikely friendship develops between Glory and Marje, who sees that Blacky is truly in love with Glory and tells him to follow his heart and marry Glory.

Glory and Blacky elope and settle into his bungalow. Glory's mother weepily tells her that she has ruined her life. However, the newlyweds are happy and Glory soon learns that she is pregnant. Glory's mother tells her that she is only a child herself and that she has no idea what she will have to endure. Blacky is ecstatic, but Glory's mother later persuades him to permit Glory to visit New York for medical care even though the local doctor is a highly qualified obstetrician. The visit lasts several months. When Blacky learns from Marje that Glory's mother wants her trunks sent to California, he rushes to the city.

Blacky arrives at the New York apartment to find that Glory has changed dramatically and desires a divorce. She rejects Blacky's attempts at romance and tells him that the marriage was a mistake because he married the wrong kind of a girl. She wants a life with her friends and her mother. When Blacky asks about the baby, Glory's mother informs him that Glory had not actually been pregnant.

After the divorce, Blacky returns to his bungalow to find his old armchair in place and Marje preparing his favorite dinner.



  1. ^ "Chance at Heaven (1933) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - Chance at Heaven - Ginger Rogers, Marian Nixon and Joel McCrea in a Harmless Domestic Tangle". Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Chance At Heaven Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Chance At Heaven -". TV Guide. Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Chance at Heaven (1933) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
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