Roads of Destiny (1921)

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David Marsh (John Bowers) and his brother Lewis (Richard Tucker) are both in love with Ann Hardy (Jane Novak). Lewis, who has betrayed Rose Merritt (Pauline Frederick) and then forgotten her, is jealous of David's success with Ann and threatens him. David, profoundly disturbed by the argument, falls asleep in an armchair, and Fate (Maude George) comes to him and tells him that no matter what he does, he is meant to be with Ann. He then has a series of dreams taking place in Alaska, New York society, and in the Marsh's own town. Each time he and Ann end up together. When David wakes up, he discovers that Lewis has had the same series of dreams concerning Rose. So Lewis returns to Rose, while David marries Ann. This picture was adapted from a play by Channing Pollock, who supposedly based it on a story by O. Henry, although the latter is hard to believe -- neither the plot nor characters sound particularly O. Henry-like.