Take a Chance was based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, though only one of the original songs, Eadie Was a Lady, has been retained. The thinnish plot involves the misadventures of a pair of pickpockets, played on Broadway by Jack Haley and Sid Silvers and on film by James Dunn and Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards. Tired of fleecing the suckers in a travelling carnival, our heroes head to Broadway, where they get mixed up with gangsters. The soubrette role originally played on stage by Ethel Merman is herein essayed by Lillian Roth, hardly a fair trade. Billed last in the huge cast is Marjorie Main, 15 years before stepping into her trademark role as Ma Kettle.
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