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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 Mercê da Sorte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


En route to location, the Canadian Pacific train's engine was wrecked by a rock slide that killed the engineer. The actors were in the car behind the engine and were battered by falling rocks but escaped disaster. Just a few days later, a snow slide at Lake Minnewanka threw several actors and cameras off an icy ledge of a glacier. Meantime, actress Viola Dana was traveling to meet the company when an earthquake erupted. Actor Tom London dislocated three vertebrae in a fall. A carpenter broke his leg when he was thrown from a barge into rapids and another actor nearly drowned in the rapids. See more »

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Sprawling Klondike Adventure
10 November 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This film is based on a Rex Beach (The Spoilers) story and stars Anna Q. Nilsson as "the Countess," a woman who runs a hotel and saloon in Dawson. Also starred is Ben Lyon as the naive man who comes to the Klondike to find gold but finds much more.

Much of the story involves a group of people making their way across the wilderness to the gold fields and Dawson. There is an excellent sequence where they must go down river through the rapids on weird flat-bottomed boats. Another sequence has them crossing the frozen wasteland and reminds of Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH, which was filming about this same time.

Although the film is missing reel 2, the story flows well and is beautifully tinted. Excellent direction by Frank Lloyd.

The cast is impressive. Along with Nilsson and Lyon we also get Victor McLaglen as the cheerful 'Poleon, Viola Dana as the innocent girl, Dorothy Sebastian as the vengeful saloon girl, Hobart Bosworth as the hapless Sam Kirby, Claude Gillingwater and Charles Crockett as the comedy relief, Fred Kohler as the cheat, and Philo McCullough as the Count.

This is top-notch entertainment.

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