The Irony of Fate (1912)

Virginia Jameson, a girl of lovely disposition, is wooed by a man much older than herself whom she very much dislikes, but who stands very high in the favor of her parents. She might have ... See full summary »

Director:

Albert W. Hale

Writer:

Hettie Grey Baker (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Florence Turner ... Virginia Jameson
E.K. Lincoln ... Harry Weston
L. Rogers Lytton L. Rogers Lytton ... LeRoy Farley
James Young
Clara Kimball Young
Jane May Jane May ... First Child
Florence Foley Florence Foley ... Second Child
Helene Costello ... Third Child
Dolores Costello ... Fourth Child
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Virginia Jameson, a girl of lovely disposition, is wooed by a man much older than herself whom she very much dislikes, but who stands very high in the favor of her parents. She might have married another man had not fate decreed otherwise. She meets and accidentally escapes the man she could have loved and would have married; she stooped to tie her shoe-strings, diverting her attention from him. Had their eyes met, both their lives would have been different. Leroy Farley, the man favored by her parents, prevails and she marries him. Her life is unhappy, notwithstanding his great riches and social prominence. One day, out for a stroll, she meets some little children, her heart goes out to them as she thinks of the comfort they might be to her were they her own. As she stoops to kiss one of them, Harry Weston, the man whom she could have loved and would have loved her with all his heart, happens by, gazing with admiration on her and the scene before him. As a married woman, she ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Its very essence is a negation of action
17 February 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is a widely known poem telling of two who were made for each other and who came very near meeting, but never did. It is extremely sentimental and furnishes the idea used in this picture. Florence Turner plays the lead and the picture's quality comes not from the idea, which, after all, is not very deep or true, but from the handling. It was a poor choice of subject, for its very essence is a negation of action and, at every change in the situation, the action is quickly completed and ended. What is more, we don't believe that fatalism will appeal strongly to action-loving Americans. That it is finely acted and has well-made scenes is certain, but it is not dramatic. It was written by Hettie Gray Baker and produced by Albert W. Hale. Beside Florence Turner, E.K. Lincoln, Roger Lytton, James Young and Clara Kimball Young are in the cast. - The Moving Picture World, October 12, 1912


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