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Film, Video Fate's turning Variant title: Fate's turning, the disaster of a false step averted

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  • Fate's turning

Other Title

  • Variant title: Fate's turning, the disaster of a false step averted


  • John Lawson, Jr. has taken over the family business due to the illness of his father, and he has suffered a nervous breakdown. His father,regaining health, suggests the son take a rest at a summer hotel. John bids adieu to his fiancee, only to become smitten by Mary, a pretty hotel waitress. He promises to marry her. John is called home urgently when his father's health declines; his father dies. John forgets the waitress until a letter arrives from her. John, having become a respectable businessman, replies to her that he will not marry her. Mary visits his home during a "doll party," encountering John's first fiancee and John, both of whom treat her badly. Learning that John is to be married, Mary takes her baby to the site of the wedding; the fiancee and her mother leave. John's false pride evaporates, and he dutifully and joyfully marries Mary.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • West, Charles H., 1885-1943, cast
  • Bernard, Dorothy, 1890-1955, cast
  • Grandon, Francis J., 1879-1929, cast
  • McDowell, Clare, 1877-1966, cast
  • Arvidson, Linda, 1884-1949, cast
  • Pickford, Lottie, 1895-1936, cast
  • Crisp, Donald, 1880-1974, cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • West, Dorothy, 1891-1980, cast
  • Longfellow, Stephanie, cast
  • Lañoe, J. J. (Joseph Jiquel), 1875- cast
  • Toncray, Kate, 1880-1927, cast
  • Evans, Frank (Actor) cast
  • Biograph Company
  • General Film Company
  • AFI/Foley (Ed) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : General Film Company, 1911.


  • -  Love--Drama
  • -  Betrothal--Drama
  • -  Betrayal--Drama
  • -  Truthfulness and falsehood--Drama
  • -  Unmarried mothers--Drama
  • -  Illegitimate children--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J151150 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 25Jan1911; J151150.
  • -  Charles H. West (John Lawson, Jr.), Dorothy Bernard (Mary, a waitress), Francis J. Grandon (Doctor), Claire McDowell, Linda Arvidson, Lottie Pickford, Donald Crisp (valet), Arthur Johnson, Dorothy West, Stephanie Longfellow (fiancee), Grace Henderson (mother), Adolph Lestina (Minister), Edward Dillon, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Kate Toncray, Elmer Booth, Alfred Paget, Jack Pickford, John T. Dillon, Frank Evans, Edwin August, Marion Sunshine, Guy Hedlund.
  • -  Cinematography, Billy Bitzer.
  • -  Incomplete: 35 mm. print and neg: part of picture and end title lacking.
  • -  Photographed in the Biograph studio, New York City, Dec. 3-6, 1910.
  • -  Parts of summary taken from Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 267.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3780.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2394) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Stewart, J., Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 267; Moving picture world, v. 8, no. 1, p. 202; Moving picture news, v. 4, no. 4, p. 24; American film index, 1908-1915; Graham, C., D.W. Griffith and the Biograph Company, p. 103; Niver's Early motion pictures, p. 99; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed December 7, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 11 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (388 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (inc.) (791 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (388 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (inc.) (791 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll (ca. 1,100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5375 (viewing print)
  • FEB 6815 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2283 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 0761 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0392A (paper pos)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 92507749

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, Charles H West, Dorothy Bernard, Francis J Grandon, Clare McDowell, Linda Arvidson, Lottie Pickford, et al. Fate's Turning. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1911. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., West, C. H., Bernard, D., Grandon, F. J., McDowell, C., Arvidson, L. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1911) Fate's Turning. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: General Film Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. Fate's Turning. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1911. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.