Fanny is the wife of Ben Webster, a trapper, and while he is an affectionate and dutiful husband, she yearns for something which appears better than her lot. She reasons: "Have I not youth ... See full summary »

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Fanny is the wife of Ben Webster, a trapper, and while he is an affectionate and dutiful husband, she yearns for something which appears better than her lot. She reasons: "Have I not youth and beauty and attainments far above this environment? Why should I be compelled to toil and struggle in this wilderness?" Truly, she did not know just what she yearned for, still a change of any sort would have been acceptable. Discontent is stamped upon her countenance, as Ben bids her good bye for a hunting trip in the North Woods. Webster embarks in his canoe, and sighting game, stands to fire. The light craft is overturned, throwing him into the water. Weighted down by his heavy clothing and cartridge belt, he would have drowned had not his plight been witnessed from the shore by Ed Hilton, a Canadian hunter. Hilton leaps in and succeeds in dragging the half-drowned trapper to land, where a strong friendship springs up between the two, and as night falls they make camp and sleep under the same ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Very Good short
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fools of Fate (1909)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film about a hunter, who can't swim but goes out in a boat but when it capsizes he is near death when a camper on shore notices and saves him. As fate would have it, later in the week that same camper hits on a woman who just happens to be the wife of the hunter. This is one of Griffith's better films with some nice suspense and a rather unusual but effective ending.

Available through Grapevine as part of their D.W. Griffith: The Director series.


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