Dice of Destiny (1920)

Drama | 5 December 1920

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Going Straight . Modern sources credit Lewis Milestone as assistant director. Another adaptation of John A. Morosco's novel was made by Hunt Stromberg Productions in 1925 as The People vs. Nancy Preston . That film was directed by Tom Forman and starred Margueritte De La Motte and John Bowers (see ... More Less

The working title of this film was Going Straight . Modern sources credit Lewis Milestone as assistant director. Another adaptation of John A. Morosco's novel was made by Hunt Stromberg Productions in 1925 as The People vs. Nancy Preston . That film was directed by Tom Forman and starred Margueritte De La Motte and John Bowers (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
25 Dec 20
p. 286.
MPN
3 Jul 20
p. 279.
MPN
4 Dec 20
pp. 4272-73.
MPN
31 Oct 1920.
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MPW
11 Dec 20
pp. 770-71.
NYDM
18 Dec 20
p. 1176.
Wid's
5 Dec 20
p. 24.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The People Against Nancy Preston by John A. Moroso (New York, 1921).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Going Straight
Release Date:
5 December 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
10 November 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15784
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Having served his time for a crime he did not commit, ex-convict Jimmy Doyle resolves to go straight because of his love for Nancy Preston. Subsequently, Doyle notifies the man who framed him, Detective James Tierny, that any further false accusations will result in his death. Double-crossed by former pals, Doyle is sent back to prison but escapes in time to rescue Nancy from Dave Monteith, one of the colleagues who betrayed him. Thus, when Monteith is killed by an accomplice, suspicion points to Doyle as the murderer. Desperate, he and Nancy run away to a small town where, because he once studied medicine, he becomes an assistant in his uncle's hospital. Meanwhile, Tierney is closing in on Doyle when he suffers an attack of appendicitis from which only Doyle can save him. Resisting his baser feelings, Doyle performs the operation and saves his foe's life. Later, word arrives that the real murderer has been found, and Tierney gives Doyle and Nancy his ... +


Having served his time for a crime he did not commit, ex-convict Jimmy Doyle resolves to go straight because of his love for Nancy Preston. Subsequently, Doyle notifies the man who framed him, Detective James Tierny, that any further false accusations will result in his death. Double-crossed by former pals, Doyle is sent back to prison but escapes in time to rescue Nancy from Dave Monteith, one of the colleagues who betrayed him. Thus, when Monteith is killed by an accomplice, suspicion points to Doyle as the murderer. Desperate, he and Nancy run away to a small town where, because he once studied medicine, he becomes an assistant in his uncle's hospital. Meanwhile, Tierney is closing in on Doyle when he suffers an attack of appendicitis from which only Doyle can save him. Resisting his baser feelings, Doyle performs the operation and saves his foe's life. Later, word arrives that the real murderer has been found, and Tierney gives Doyle and Nancy his blessings. +

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