Jury of Fate (1917)

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Mabel Taliaferro, billed at the time as the "Sweetheart of American Movies," played her own twin brother in this rather fantastic silent northwoods melodrama. When her brother, Jacques, is accidentally drowned, Jeanne Labordie (Taliaferro) cuts her hair and masquerades as Jacques in order to spare their widowed father (Albert Tavernier) additional grief. After the father's death, Jeanne/Jacques discovers that he had arranged for her marriage to the dissipated Louis (Bradley Barker) and not her true love, stalwart Donald (William Sherwood). Louis, however, is killed in a drunken attack on his future wife's faithful servant, the "half-breed" Fran├žois (Frank Fisher Bennett), leaving Jeanne and Duncan able to plan a future together. Filmed on locations at Saranac Lake, NY, and along the St. Lawrence River, The Jury of Fate was Tod Browning's second directorial work for Metro and his second and last film with the brunette Mabel Taliaferro (pronounced "Tollifer").