D.W. Griffith's Fools of Fate was filmed in Cuddebackville, New York, back to back with the same director's Leather Stocking. Advertised by Biograph as a "Contemporary Melodrama," the film begins as a young trapper bids his wife farewell before heading to the woods. Later on, the trapper is rescued from a watery grave by a fisherman, whereupon the two men swear eternal loyalty. Still later, the fisherman happens upon the trapper's cabin. He begins flirting with the trapper's wife, not realizing that he is betraying his best friend. Upon discovering his wife in a compromising situation, the husband refuses to listen to his friend's explanation and promptly commits suicide. Henry B. Walthall, Frank Powell and Marion Leonard were the leading players in this one-reel domestic tragedy.
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