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Fools of Fate (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  7 October 1909 (USA)
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On a lake in the woods, a man's boat suddenly capsizes. He nearly drowns, but another man camping nearby sees him and rescues him. After they part, the rescuer meets the first man's wife ... See full summary »

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James Kirkwood ...
Ben Webster
Marion Leonard ...
Fanny Webster
Frank Powell ...
Ed Hilton
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On a lake in the woods, a man's boat suddenly capsizes. He nearly drowns, but another man camping nearby sees him and rescues him. After they part, the rescuer meets the first man's wife and, not knowing who she is, he befriends her and begins to spend time with her. It is not long before a tense and very uncomfortable situation develops. Written by Snow Leopard

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Torn Between Two Lovers
5 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Marion Leonard (as Fanny) and James Kirkwood (as Ben) seem to be a happily married couple. One day, Mr. Kirkwood goes out on a hunting jaunt, in a canoe; when he rises to fire at some game, the canoe capsizes. Apparently a poor swimmer, Kirkwood is rescued by nearby hunter Frank Powell (as Ed). Mr. Powell helps dry Kirkwood off, and the two crawl under a blanket for the evening. The next morning, Kirkwood thanks Powell for his kindness, and goes on his way. Then, Ms. Leonard meets Powell, while on one of her shopping trips; and, they kindle an attraction. Soon, Leonard and Powell are meeting regularly, and decide to run away together, leaving Kirkwood in the cold…

Remarkable 1909 story, content-wise, from D.W. Griffith, G.W. Bitzer, and the good folks at Biograph. Leonard's performance as a "torn-between-two-loves" woman is a highlight, ahead of its time. Her leading men do are quite good, also, with some implausible situations. "Fools of Fate" is a cut above the usual, due to its interesting premise, and Marion Leonard's performance.

***** Fools of Fate (10/7/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Marion Leonard, James Kirkwood, Frank Powell


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