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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.


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Charles West Charles West ... John Lawson Jr.
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow ... John Lawson's Fiancée
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... John Lawson's Fiancée's Mother
Dorothy Bernard ... Mary - A Waitress
Donald Crisp ... The Valet
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Minister
Francis J. Grandon ... The Doctor / A Servant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Edwin August ... Man at Wedding
Elmer Booth ... A Servant
Edward Dillon ... An Attorney
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Man at Hotel (as Jack Dillon)
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Man at Hotel
Guy Hedlund ... Man at Wedding
Arthur V. Johnson


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







Release Date:

23 January 1911 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room. See more »

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Betrayed and Ruined
9 June 2007 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mary is a good girl working as a waitress at an expensive resort, but when a rich, handsome young guest offers her an engagement ring, she accepts it..... and shows up at his wedding to some one else with a baby, of course.

Although this is certainly not one of Griffith's stronger pieces from this period, it is still, like all his work, well worth watching. He handles large groups beautifully -- everyone is always doing something that makes sense, not just standing there saying "Rhubarb". And the early scene in which Charles West and Dorothy Bernard play falling in love is a beautiful piece of pantomime -- one forgets, sometimes, the strong visual component of acting that these old silent movies demanded.

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