The Whimsical Threads of Destiny (1913)

To test the worthiness of his two heirs, his niece, Stella Grigsby, and his nephew, Dr. Hale Webster, Giles Webster, an eccentric old millionaire, conceals himself in a secret apartment of ... See full summary »

Director:

Frederick A. Thomson (as Frederick Thompson)

Writer:

Eugene Mullin (scenario)
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Charles Kent ... Giles Webster, Millionaire
Harry Northrup ... Webster's Attorney
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Stella Grigsby, Webster's Niece
Courtenay Foote ... Dr. Webster, Webster's Nephew
William R. Dunn ... Pietro, Circus Director
Elsie St. Leon Elsie St. Leon ... Kate, Circus Rider
Vera St. Leon Vera St. Leon ... Fanny, Circus Rider
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To test the worthiness of his two heirs, his niece, Stella Grigsby, and his nephew, Dr. Hale Webster, Giles Webster, an eccentric old millionaire, conceals himself in a secret apartment of his mansion. Word is sent to them that he is dead, and his money is left to them, provided they marry. Stella is to occupy the family mansion during the courtship. At first Dr. Webster seems well impressed with the girl. Complications arise, however, when the two go to a circus and Dr. Webster sees Kate, an equestrienne, with whom he becomes infatuated. While riding through the burning hoops on the back of a fiery charger, Kate falls and is badly hurt. Dr. Webster attends her until she is well. His infatuation is noticed by Stella, who is loathe to allow anything to interfere with the legacy. His attentions to Kate are also resented by Pietro, the Italian ringmaster, who is enamored of her. The doctor calls upon Stella, declaring that he will give up the legacy in order to marry Kate, the girl of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The plot is unique
20 January 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel number of absorbing interest, featuring a troupe of bareback riders. The plot is unique. An eccentric millionaire pretends to be dead in order to test his only two living relatives. He makes them his heirs in case they marry. The man falls in love with the circus girl and passes up the fortune; the niece conspires with the ringmaster to drug the girl and possibly kill her. All comes out right in the end and the fortune goes to the nephew. The situations are new and full of interest throughout. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913


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