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Men of Chance

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Men of Chance
Directed byGeorge Archainbaud
Tommy Atkins (assistant)
Written byLouis Weitzenkorn
Screenplay byLouis Stevens
Eddie Welch
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
StarringRicardo Cortez
Mary Astor
John Halliday
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byArchie Marshek
Music byMax Steiner
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • December 1931 (1931-12) (New York[1])
Running time
67 min.
CountryUnited States

Men of Chance is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by George Archainbaud, starring Ricardo Cortez, Mary Astor, and John Halliday.[1][2]


A destitute Marthe Preston is in dire straits in Paris until gambler Richard Dorval comes to her aid. In gratitude, she agrees to a scheme of Dorval's to seduce and wed his rival, "Diamond Johnny" Silk, then help ruin Johnny's horse-racing business interests.

Marthe's inside information enables Dorval and an accomplice, bookie Joe Farley, to bribe Johnny's jockeys to deliberately lose races or to help them influence the odds. Johnny learns the truth and demands she leave. Martha has fallen in love with her husband, however, so she pretends to go along with a plot to poison Johnny's horse, double-crossing Dorval and rejoicing in Johnny's triumph.




  1. ^ a b "Men of Chance". AFI.
  2. ^ "MEN OF CHANCE(1932)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
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