The Golden Chance is the 1915 silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Mary runs away with her boyfriend, Steve, and gets married. However, he turns out to be an abusive jerk. Mary gets work as a seamstress for a wealthy family. She gets to pretend that she’s well-off and a man named Roger falls in love with her. Not wanting to continue the lie, she quits her job and goes back to Steve. After finding out the truth, Steve gets the ideal to bilk Roger for all he’s worth. Will his scheme succeed?
This movie is a typical melodrama with an unusual ending. It stops after Steve gets punished for his crimes. In most movies of this type, we would have seen Mary and Roger in wedded bliss. However, the viewer can assume that’s what will happen because the movie leaves their fates up in the air. Otherwise, the story is your average Cinderella tale of a poor woman who goes from rags to riches although it’s done in an unusual manner. Honolulu film fans should rent it first.
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