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Winds of Chance (1925)

A love triangle set against the turn-of-the-century gold rush.


Frank Lloyd


Rex Beach (novel), J.G. Hawks (adaptation)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Countess Courteau
Ben Lyon ... Pierce Phillips
Viola Dana ... Rouletta Kirby
Hobart Bosworth ... Sam Kirby
Victor McLaglen ... Poleon Doret
Dorothy Sebastian ... Laura
Claude Gillingwater ... Tom Linton
Charles Crockett Charles Crockett ... Jerry
Larry Fisher Larry Fisher ... Frank McCaskey
Fred Kohler ... Joe McCaskey
Wade Boteler ... Jack McCaskey
Philo McCullough ... Count Courteau
John T. Murray ... Lucky Broad
Fred Warren Fred Warren ... Kid Bridges
George Nichols ... Vigilante Chairman


A love triangle set against the turn-of-the-century gold rush.

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Adventure | Drama







Release Date:

11 January 1926 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Merc√™ da Sorte See more »

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1.33 : 1
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An Incomplete video copy of this film (missing Reel 2 from 10 Reels copied) survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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Did They Cut Anything From The Novel?
31 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ben Lyon is on his way to the Yukon for the gold rush, but there's a lot of other stuff going on, what with him and Anna Q. Nilsson being in love but she can't marry him because she's married to rotter Philo McCullough. Then there's Viola Dana, whose father, Hobart Bosworth gets killed on the way. She's rescued by everyone at one time or another, but mostly by voyageur Victor McLaglen. What else? Oh, yeah, there's Claude Gillingwater and Charles Crockett as partnered prsopectors who argue constantly, Dorothy Sebastian as the dance-hall girl with a passion for Lyon, and about two thousand extras, looks like.

It's based on yet another Rex Beach novel about the Yukon Gold Rush. Beach had been a popular source for such films since the immense success of the 1914 version of THE SPOILERS. It's clear that First National decided they had a winner on their hands, so they gave director Frank Lloyd his head, hired a first-rate cast, and let him build Dawson City on the Truckee. Yet I kept wondering if it was necessary to show this detail or that scene. Maybe they could have cut the pursuit of the bad guys a bit short of the U.S. border. At just over two hours, this is an epic, but there's nothing about the gold fields themselves. Only the boat trip down the whitewater river offers much in the way of thrills.

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