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The film opened in Los Angeles on 25 May 1919. It played in Pennsylvania under the title Playthings of Fate due to the demands of state censors. One contemporary source implies that McGuire's story was written for another medium, but no confirming evidence has been ... More Less

The film opened in Los Angeles on 25 May 1919. It played in Pennsylvania under the title Playthings of Fate due to the demands of state censors. One contemporary source implies that McGuire's story was written for another medium, but no confirming evidence has been located. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
7 Jun 19
p. 51.
ETR
14 Jun 19
p. 92, 139
MPN
7 Jun 19
p. 3855.
MPW
18 Apr 19
p. 53.
Variety
30 May 19
p. 75.
Wid's
1 Jun 19
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Playthings of Fate
Release Date:
8 June 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,760
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Helen Rowland is indifferent toward her wealthy husband Henry and spends most of her time at social events. Henry agrees to give financial assistance to young clergyman John Sterling for his missionary cause if Helen can become interested in Sterling's work in the slums. Helen becomes so interested in Sterling's mission work that she admits to Henry that she is in love with the clergyman. Henry then insists that Sterling arouse Helen's hatred. Sterling feigns drunkenness and Helen is so disgusted that she hurries home. Henry is remorseful about the scheme, but confesses he did it out of love for her, and so Helen discovers, finally, that she loves her ... +


Helen Rowland is indifferent toward her wealthy husband Henry and spends most of her time at social events. Henry agrees to give financial assistance to young clergyman John Sterling for his missionary cause if Helen can become interested in Sterling's work in the slums. Helen becomes so interested in Sterling's mission work that she admits to Henry that she is in love with the clergyman. Henry then insists that Sterling arouse Helen's hatred. Sterling feigns drunkenness and Helen is so disgusted that she hurries home. Henry is remorseful about the scheme, but confesses he did it out of love for her, and so Helen discovers, finally, that she loves her husband. +

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Subject
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Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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