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The Two Paths (1911)

Florence and Nellie are dressmakers, sewing to eke an existence. A wealthy woman calls for a gown they have just finished. She is accompanied by an unconscionable profligate, who, tempting ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Dorothy Bernard ... Florence
Wilfred Lucas ... Nellie's Husband
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Tempter
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... The Tempter's Companion
Clara T. Bracy ... The Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Florence Barker
Donald Crisp ... Footman
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... At Party (as Jack Dillon)
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Footman
Edith Haldeman ... One of the Children
Dell Henderson ... Worker
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... At Party
Florence La Badie
Henry Lehrman ... At Party


Florence and Nellie are dressmakers, sewing to eke an existence. A wealthy woman calls for a gown they have just finished. She is accompanied by an unconscionable profligate, who, tempting the girls in turn, points out the "easy way." Nellie spurns him but Florence hearkens to his persuasions and accompanies him to where all is pleasure. He brings her to his mansion, a palace of pleasure during a Bacchanal orgy. She at once becomes obsessed with the spirit of revelry and it swept on to the inevitable goal, the morass of moral indifference. Nellie, however, is content in the house of toil and "She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff," marrying her honest, manly sweetheart, receiving as the years roll on the greatest of God's blessings, a family of three children. How terrible is the one's fate in contrast with the other's. Steeped in the toxin of gaiety she goes down, down until there is no chance for retreat. She, up to now, the toy of the tempter, grows ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

2 January 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The identity of the actress playing Nellie has not been established; Griffith historians criticize her work in this film as not being up to DWG standards, so most likely she is of only minor importance. See more »


Edited into Variety Time (1948) See more »

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20 June 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Two Paths, The (1911)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith melodrama about two sisters who take different roads in life. The wild sister (Dorothy Bernard) moves off to the big city to become the mistress of a millionaire while the calmer sister (Linda Arvidson) stays at home and marries for love. This is yet another melodrama from Griffith but once again he handles the material beautifully and delivers a pretty strong statement film. Griffith does a brilliant job at showing time pass with his simple editing and he manages to float around to both sister's story without ever making the film confusing or hard to follow. The director also uses a lot of symbolistic things to get the story across and my favorite was the scene where the bad sister is welcomed into the club of the rich people with the simple use of a curtain coming open. Bernard does a terrific job with her role. Donald Crisp, Lottie Pickford, Blanche Sweet, Charles West, Dorthy West and Wildred Lucas appear in brief roles.

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