The Crucible of Fate (1914)

Dr. Ross Lowell's professional duties are so exacting that he is obliged to somewhat neglect Cecile, his vivacious girl-wife. She suffers innumerable disappointments in broken engagements ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Lambart (as Harry Lambert)

Writer:

Lillian Case Russell (story) (as Mrs. L. Case Russell)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Donald Hall ... Dr. Lowell - the Father
Naomi Childers ... Mrs. Powell - the Mother
Arthur Ashley ... Richard
Audrey Berry Audrey Berry ... The Child
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Winifred Harris ... (unconfirmed)
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Dr. Ross Lowell's professional duties are so exacting that he is obliged to somewhat neglect Cecile, his vivacious girl-wife. She suffers innumerable disappointments in broken engagements and grows somewhat dissatisfied with her lot. Through Maude Leigh, her chum, she meets Richard Burnett, an actor and matinee idol, and is flattered by his marked interest in her. Maude gives Cecile a leading part in an amateur theatrical she is giving, and Burnett, infatuated with Cecile, agrees to direct the production of the play. Cecile displays undreamed of talent in her emotional part, and Ross, greatly pleased and proud of his wife, sees no danger in Burnett's frequent calls. The inevitable happens Cecile's head is turned; she grieves over a lost career and is finally persuaded to elope with Burnett. Deserting her little child and her husband, she enters the theatrical field, which she imagines is her real sphere. Five years pass and Cecile has attained the dazzling height to which she has ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Two reels of splendidly made scenes
15 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Two reels of splendidly made scenes, visualizing potential plot that develops naturally. An affluent and adoring husband, a devoted wife, and a baby to weld the happy union, what more can be desired to make life paradisical? But the woman's vacillating nature aided by a lack of domestic duties induce her to dabble in amateur dramatics. Forgetting her husband and child in her histrionic ambitions, she ruins her own life and that of her husband. It is a touching picture and well acted and produced. The beautiful and wonderfully clever little girl in the cast deserves special mention. - The Moving Picture World, April 18, 1914


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