A high-society gal who finds herself penniless turns to the odd bit of detective work in an attempt to settle her late husband’s debts.
Mrs. Lola Woodby barely sees herself as a widow in mourning. After all, her departed husband, Alfie, was more dear to chorus girls than he ever was to her. In death, he appears to have delivered one last blow to Lola: instead of the windfall she expected, she’s left with nothing but debts. When her country home is repossessed by her self-righteous teetotaler brother-in-law (c’mon, it’s the Roaring ’20s!), Lola is forced to hide out in Alfie’s New York City love nest to avoid his creditors. Accompanied by her loyal cook, Berta Lundgren, Lola has to figure out a way to scrape by without returning home to her overbearing mother and overly precious sister. The only chance she sees to get some dough is to do a favor for one of Alfie’s chorus-girl “friends.” For reasons Lola doesn’t know and doesn’t need to know, the girl is trying to get her hands on a film reel that’s socked away in the vault of one of Lola’s society friends. Berta suggests that she and Lola provide some discreet retrieval services—that’s what high-society folks call detective work—and track down the reel, even though it means acting the part of a mourning widow in public when Lola would just rather settle in with a highball and some chocolate.
Despite her heroine’s distinct lack of class, Chance (Snow White Red Handed, 2014) provides enough saucy characters and silly antics to encourage admirers, just like Lola herself.