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The Jocular Winds of Fate (1912)

Titled, but in debt, Lord Drumleigh is advised by his lawyer to marry an heiress. He recommends the daughter of Heinrich Humph, a brewer with plenty of money, but no ancestry. The brewer, ... See full summary »

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Lord Drumleigh
George Ober ...
Lord Drumleigh's Attorney
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Heinrich Humph, a Brewer
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Juliet Humph
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Mrs. Humph
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Alice De Voe
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Dickie Dewes
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Titled, but in debt, Lord Drumleigh is advised by his lawyer to marry an heiress. He recommends the daughter of Heinrich Humph, a brewer with plenty of money, but no ancestry. The brewer, out motoring with his family, discovers that his chauffeur is intoxicated and dismisses him on the spot. Humph is unable to run the machine himself. Lord Drumleigh, in his machine with his lawyer, sees Humph. The legal gent goes to his assistance, suggesting that his chauffeur will take them home. He goes back to Drumleigh and tells him to "get next" to the brewer. When the brewer reaches home, he employs Lord Drumleigh as his chauffeur, not knowing who he is. When the lord gets sight of Juliet Humph, the daughter, he is surprised and disappointed, for she is a most arrogant and homely upstart. Mrs. DeVoe, an ambitious matron, desires to marry her daughter, Alice, a beautiful heiress, to Dickie Dewes, a priggish young man with a lineage. Alice objects and answers an advertisement inserted by the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 April 1912 (USA)  »

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We have never seen Mr. Costello to better advantage than in this role
29 October 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A thoroughly well acted and delightful picture, giving us a very romantic comedy. We have never seen Mr. Costello to better advantage than in this role of a poverty stricken nobleman whose lawyer has told him he must marry money and who becomes chauffeur to a rich brewer with a daughter (Flora Finch) who will be a great heiress. Mrs. Kate Price is the brewer's wife. On the other side of the picture, there is a pretty heiress (Clara Kimball Young) whose mother insists that she marry a duke (James Young). She simply won't do it, and runs away to serve as maid in the brewer's family. Without knowing who is who, she and the chauffeur fall in love. We have given but the briefest sketch of this picture's story. Its value comes from the unstrained humor of its situation and from the acting. Mr. Ober. as the lawyer, makes his part a distinct and lovable character. Mr. James Young, as the duke, is remarkable true to a type. Clara Kimball Young is charming in the role of the romantic girl and acts very naturally. Flora Finch, perhaps a bit too aristocratic in appearance for her part, furnishes the best part of the comedy. Mr. Costello's playing in romantic roles has won him the widest kind of reputation; he is perfect. Surely this picture, well photographed as it is and with only one or two minor weaknesses, is a popular feature, one good for Saturday night. - The Moving Picture World, April 27, 1912


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