Thunderbolts of Fate (1919)

Drama | 6 April 1919

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HISTORY

The story for the film was suggested to Winifred Dunn by an act in a play by Harry S. ... More Less

The story for the film was suggested to Winifred Dunn by an act in a play by Harry S. Sheldon. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Apr 19
p. 1521.
MPN
19 Apr 19
p. 2524.
MPW
19 Apr 19
p. 430.
Variety
14 Nov 19
p. 58.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 April 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Robert Wingate, a graft fighting candidate for governor, falls in love with Eleanor Brewster, his opponent's daughter. Robert is engaged, however, to Adele Hampton, a woman who is secretly involved with "man-about-town" Howard Lennox, and who only wants Robert so she can further her social ambitions. Eleanor and Robert decide that if he breaks off the engagement, the ensuing scandal would ruin his chances for election. After winning, Robert marries Adele, who continues her affair, but Lennox tires of her and pursues Eleanor. When Eleanor's brother Clifford learns of Lennox's insulting advances, he threatens to kill him. Because Lennox persists, Clifford goes to thrash him, but discovers him dead. Found with the body, Clifford is sentenced to death, and when his appeal is unsuccessful, Eleanor goes to Robert's hunting lodge to plead for a stay of execution. After she spends the night because of a storm, Adele accuses them of adultery, but later she breaks down, confesses killing Lennox, and drowns ... +


Robert Wingate, a graft fighting candidate for governor, falls in love with Eleanor Brewster, his opponent's daughter. Robert is engaged, however, to Adele Hampton, a woman who is secretly involved with "man-about-town" Howard Lennox, and who only wants Robert so she can further her social ambitions. Eleanor and Robert decide that if he breaks off the engagement, the ensuing scandal would ruin his chances for election. After winning, Robert marries Adele, who continues her affair, but Lennox tires of her and pursues Eleanor. When Eleanor's brother Clifford learns of Lennox's insulting advances, he threatens to kill him. Because Lennox persists, Clifford goes to thrash him, but discovers him dead. Found with the body, Clifford is sentenced to death, and when his appeal is unsuccessful, Eleanor goes to Robert's hunting lodge to plead for a stay of execution. After she spends the night because of a storm, Adele accuses them of adultery, but later she breaks down, confesses killing Lennox, and drowns herself. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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