Street of Chance

Synopsis: A nerd discovers he's wanted for murder, after escaping death from wreckage plummeting from a skyscraper. Passerby Frank Thompson wakes up in the street, believing it's his lucky day, then rushes home to be told that he left his wife a year ago, with no explanation. Raven-haired Virginia is thrilled to have her sexy geek back in one piece. But as fearsome Danny Nearing, the amnesiac's the target of a city-wide manhunt. Thompson's forced onto a black path of fear, delving for the truth about his lost year, and his sudden amnesia which almost caused his bride to wear black. For the past year, as Nearing, he's carried on a torrid affair with a phantom lady, sexy blonde Ruth Dillon, who has no intention of letting him go back to the wife he claims he has. Is he the brutal killer ? The meek Thompson can't believe that, but how can he counter overwhelming evidence, when he's a small man lost behind a black curtain ?
Director(s): Jack Hively
Production: Paramount Pictures
74 min

Hey, you!


No, just badly shaken up with

a little scratch.

He'll be all right.


Lucky that big piece there

didn't sock you.

All right, it's all over.

Break it up, folks.

How about standing up?

Come on, get going.


I'm all right. Thanks.

Like to come with us for a checkup?

No, I better get home to my wife.

She worries if I'm late.

-Name and address.

My name is Frank Thompson,

169 North Rutherford.

Stick around. We'll have to pick up

a few names of witnesses.

Remember now, if you don't feel so hot,

drop in at the hospital

and have yourself looked at.

I will. Thanks.

Hey, mister.

Don't forget your hat.

Oh, thanks.

This isn't mine.

Sure it is. I seen it on you

when you fell down.


Don't you know your own hat, mister?

OK now?

Wait a minute.

There's something wrong here, officer.

This hat and cigarette case

don't belong to me.

He had it on when he fell down.

I seen it.

And he took that out of his pocket.

Beat it.


What part of town is this?

22nd and Tillary.

What am I doing here?

-Don't you know?

I've never been here before in my life.

There's no reason why I should be here.

I can't even remember how I got here.

Sure you don't want to go someplace

and lay down for a little while?


I'm going to get away from here.

How can I get home?

How can I get to N. Rutherford St.?

That's way uptown.

The 'L' is three blocks over.

The East Side subway is

down the street there.

Or you can get the Greenline bus.






What do you want? Who are you?

Why, Mr. Thompson, what are you doing

around here?

Thinking of taking your old flat back?

It's vacant again.

The last tenant moved out

only a week ago.

What are you talking about?

What's happened?

I'm sure I couldn't say what's happened.

Your wife didn't take me into her

confidence when she moved away.


It was only this morning that I said

goodbye to her at that very door.

Are you sure you're feeling quite well,

Mr. Thompson?

Where has she gone?

Tell me where I can find her.


-Tell me.

She's living around at Anderson St.

Second building from the corner.

Apartment 4A.



What is this?

What's it all about?

What happened?

This apartment.

Your name over the doorbell.

Your maiden name.

What did you do it for?

Why did you move?

What reason?

What possible reason could you have had

to do such a thing without telling me?


Virginia, stop it.

Frank, I...

I went home. You weren't there. I...

Mrs. Webb told me that...

Tell me, tell me.

There must be some explanation.

It doesn't make sense.

It's like a bad dream.

You've come back, Frank.

I knew you would.

Why shouldn't I come back?

Come back?

From where?

Why do you say that?

When I left for the office

this morning...

Did I say or do anything that made you

think I wasn't coming back?

This morning?


You kissed me goodbye,

you called out after me,

Are you sure you've got your muffler?

It's cold out.

What are you saying? This morning?

I moved here over a year ago.

The weather alone

ought to tell you that.

It's warm out.

You're not wearing your muffler.

Or even your coat now.

You left me in the winter.

And now, it's spring.

We've both read of cases like this.


On your way to the office

that last morning,

something must have happened to you.

Some accident, some blow.

Just like what happened tonight.

You just didn't know

who you were anymore.

Forgot where you were going.

Forgot to come home to me.

What must you have thought?

What you must have gone through.

Darling, you're back and

that's all that counts.

But you...

How did you mange to get along?

I got a job.


Modelling, typing in an

advertising agency.

I did very well too.

Of course, I haven't been working lately

but there's enough in the bank

to keep us going

until you get started again.

Did they ever call up from the office?


I told them you had a nervous breakdown.

I was too proud to let anybody know

I didn't know where you were.

That you'd left me without a word.

Oh, poor Virginia.

I wonder

if there's a chance they'd take me back.

I don't see why not.

You were the head of your department.

Mr. Clark was always

terribly fond of you.

I don't know. I don't know

which way to turn.

What to do or what to think.

I can't think.

I can't remember.

You will.

But don't worry about it tonight.

Just rest.

Hold on to the things you're sure of.

You're home.

And you're safe.

And I'm with you.

Take the elevator three going up.

I must say, Frank Thompson,

you don't look much like

you've had a nervous breakdown.

I'm all right now or I wouldn't be here.

Yes, sir?

Mr. Clark says for you to go right in.


Well, well, the return of the prodigal.

Come on in, Frank.

You better familiarize yourself with

all these new accounts first, Frank.

Then we can pick it up from there

and you're all set.

All right. Thanks, Mr. Clark.

If there's anything else you want

to know, just give me a buzz.

Extra, read all about it.

Get your paper. Extra, extra.

Get going will you? Get in the car.

Don't stop! Don't stop!

Sorry, mister, red light.

You didn't have any trouble getting

organized at the office today, did you?


I said, you didn't have any trouble

remembering today.

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Garrett Fort

Garrett Elsden Fort (June 5, 1900 - October 26, 1945) was an American short story writer, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter. He was also a close follower of Meher Baba. Fort made his screenwriting debut with the silent film, One of the Finest (1917). Early in his career, Fort co-wrote the Broadway play Jarnegan (1928), based on the novel by Jim Tully. Fort's first talkie effort was the ground-breaking Rouben Mamoulian production Applause (1929). In 2006 Applause was recognized as a culturally, historically and aesthetically significant film by the National Film Registry.Fort was adept at alternating horrific highlights with bits of unexpected humor. As a screenwriter he is best remembered for his work on the original screen adaptations of such horror / melodrama films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dracula's Daughter (1936), and The Mark of Zorro (1940). more…

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