Threads of Destiny (1914)

Drama | 21 October 1914

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HISTORY

This film marked the screen debut of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw. Her son Russell played her son in the ... More Less

This film marked the screen debut of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw. Her son Russell played her son in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
31 Oct 14
pp. 585-86, 611
MPW
7 Nov 14
P. 846.
NYDM
19 Aug 14
p. 25.
NYDM
28 Oct 14
p. 33.
Variety
24 Oct 14
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 October 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Lubin Manufacturing Co.
Copyright Date:
8 October 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3484
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ivan Mussak of the Russian secret police massacres thousands of Jews and exiles many more. Everyone in Isaac Gruenstein's family is killed except himself and his baby daughter Miriam. Isaac is exiled to Siberia, but Miriam becomes Mussak's ward and is reared in a convent. Eighteen years later, Isaac is befriended by fellow exile Rachel Shapiro who is able to escape carrying a note written by Isaac to Miriam shortly before his death. Through chance, Rachel finds that Miriam has become Mussak's mistress, but when Miriam reads Isaac's warning about Mussak in the note, she decides to accompany Rachel and her new husband, Alexis Mayok, to America. Miriam marries Fedor Tomspky, then Mussak comes to the United States on a mission and stays with Fedor who turns out to be his cousin. Mussak wants Miriam to go away with him, but in the end, he is killed by the loyal community of Russian Jews who fear that Mussak will continue his evil work in ... +


Ivan Mussak of the Russian secret police massacres thousands of Jews and exiles many more. Everyone in Isaac Gruenstein's family is killed except himself and his baby daughter Miriam. Isaac is exiled to Siberia, but Miriam becomes Mussak's ward and is reared in a convent. Eighteen years later, Isaac is befriended by fellow exile Rachel Shapiro who is able to escape carrying a note written by Isaac to Miriam shortly before his death. Through chance, Rachel finds that Miriam has become Mussak's mistress, but when Miriam reads Isaac's warning about Mussak in the note, she decides to accompany Rachel and her new husband, Alexis Mayok, to America. Miriam marries Fedor Tomspky, then Mussak comes to the United States on a mission and stays with Fedor who turns out to be his cousin. Mussak wants Miriam to go away with him, but in the end, he is killed by the loyal community of Russian Jews who fear that Mussak will continue his evil work in America. +

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

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