The Chance Shot (1912)

A stray bullet accidentally kills a blackmailer.


Harry Solter


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Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... Flo
Owen Moore ... Owen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Loane Tucker George Loane Tucker ... George (unconfirmed)


Flo and Owen met at the seashore and it was a case of love at first sight, but Flo for some reason unknown to Owen would not consent to become his wife, no matter how hard he urged her to do so. Finally she gave in, but only after his solemn promise never to ask of her any of her past history. To this Owen readily consented, so eager was he to make her his wife, and he wrote his servants to open up the summer home, as he was bringing home a new mistress for them. They were delighted and greeted Flo with the same love they had for their master. Now it happened that Flo's father had been a convict and this was the "dark past" that she hid from Owen. Had he known this, what hours of trouble it would have saved her. Owen had a chum, George, with whom he used to go gunning. It was while these two were hunting that a man spoke to Flo. She recognized him as a former acquaintance of her father's. He, being in poor circumstances and having fallen to low depths, threatened to expose her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short







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16 August 1912 (USA) See more »

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Victor Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Proves that "class will show"
15 January 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Another Florence Lawrence-Owen Moore drama which proves that "class will show." There is perhaps nothing remarkable in the scenario as to plot, the basis being the old story of the blackmailer preying upon the fears of a happy woman. In this case it involved no wrongdoing on the part of the heroine. The note sent in to the bride, just established in her home, was: "Does your husband know that your father is a life-termer in Sing Sing for killing your mother? I do. Be wise. A Friend." The husband, off on a shooting trip with a friend, returns home with an empty bag. There is a question as to marksmanship. A target is posted on the door of an outbuilding. The blackmailer, come the second time to press his demands, had been pushed into the shed by the wife when she saw her husband approaching. One of the bullets kills him. The wife, meanwhile, had decided to tell her husband, and on his entering the house shows him the note. He takes matters rather hard. The bride goes to the shed. She finds the body. As she emerges she meets her husband and tells him what she has seen. He verifies her fears by his own eyes. He finally takes her in his arms, whether from a sense of justice and in recognition of the fact that she is guiltless of the father's sin or from a feeling that he, too, has killed is not clear. The story is strongly told. - The Moving Picture World, August 24, 1912

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