Take a Chance (1937 film)

Take a Chance is a 1937 British comedy sports film directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Claude Hulbert, Binnie Hale and Henry Kendall. It depicts farcical events in the horse racing world.[1][2][3]

Take a Chance
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Directed bySinclair Hill
Produced byHarcourt Templeman
Written byWalter C. Hackett (play)
G.H. Moresby-White
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis
StarringClaude Hulbert
Binnie Hale
Henry Kendall
Enid Stamp-Taylor
Music byJohn Reynders
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Edited byMichael Hankinson
Grosvenor Films
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors
Release date
January 1937
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The cynical Richard Carfax develops a relationship with Cicely Burton, the wife of a race horse owner, in order to get inside information on a horse named 'Take a Chance' which is considered to be the favorite in an upcoming race. Her suspicious husband hires Alastair Pallivant, an incompetent tipster and part-time detective, to tail her and swears that he will scratch the horse from the race if he uncovers evidence about Carfax and his wife. Having his own private arrangement with a betting gang, Pallivant does everything he can to prevent the favourite from running. However, he encounters the equally determined Wilhelmina Ryde, a garage owner who stands to win heavily if the favorite rides to victory.

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The film was based on a play by Walter C. Hackett. It was made at Ealing Studios by the independent production company Grosvenor Films.[4][5]


  1. "Take a Chance:Overview". movies.msn.com. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  2. "Take a Chance (1937)". filmsdefrance.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  3. Sandra Brennan, Rovi. "Take a Chance (1937)". nytimes.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  4. Wood p.92
  5. Goulding, Andy. "Blueprint: Review Reviews Podcasts Features Short Films Videos THE EALING STUDIOS RARITIES COLLECTION VOLUME 7". blueprintreview.co.uk. Retrieved 17 March 2014.


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  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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