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Fate's Turning (1911)

A young girl working as a waitress at a resort for the wealthy is swept off her feet by a rich young gentleman, and before she knows it, she's pregnant.




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Credited cast:
Charles West ... John Lawson Jr.
Stephanie Longfellow ... John Lawson's Fiancée
Grace Henderson ... John Lawson's Fiancée's Mother
Dorothy Bernard ... Mary - A Waitress
... The Valet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Man at Wedding
... A Servant
... An Attorney
John T. Dillon ... Man at Hotel (as Jack Dillon)
Frank Evans ... Man at Hotel
Francis J. Grandon ... The Doctor / A Servant
... Man at Wedding
J. Jiquel Lanoe ... An Attorney / Man at Wedding


John Lawson, Jr., owing to his father's illness has borne the burden of business, and unaccustomed to the absolute responsibility, suffers a nervous breakdown. His father now well enough to look after affairs suggests he take the rest cure at a summer resort. This he decides to do, and bidding adieu to his fiancée he departs, arriving at the summer hotel the same day. In the dining hall he is attended by a pretty waitress to whom he takes a great fancy. Several days elapsing, we find him deeply smitten with the girl to the neglect of his fiancée to whom he fails to write. Escorting the girl to her home, they become betrothed, he presenting her with an engagement ring, promising to marry her immediately. This, of course, is a most dangerous step, and after a week or two, John is called hurriedly to his home as his father's health has taken a bad turn, his life being despaired of. So urgent is the message that he does not have time to see the girl before his departure. His father dies ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance





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23 January 1911 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Presenting such unpleasant truths in such an altogether vigorous manner
2 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Not often is a picture put on the screen as bald in its exhibition of facts as this one. Often enough it has been hinted that a girl has loved, not wisely, but too well, but this is the first time the visible result of such loving has appeared to the responsible man at his wedding to another. This is an intensely dramatic scene, and so out of the ordinary that it will attract, perhaps, more than the due share of attention. The bride-to-be, naturally, departs, and the man, suddenly confronted with unmistakable evidence of his perfidy, has a revulsion of feeling and marries the unfortunate girl. Perhaps the fact that in modern parlance, a spade is called by its name. is sufficient justification for this presentation of this subject in this way, but undoubtedly many will look askance at the picture and express their doubts of the advisability of presenting such unpleasant truths in such an altogether vigorous manner. Deftly portrayed, it is another Biograph Sermon on the screen. - The Moving Picture World, February 4, 1911

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