The Jury of Fate

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The Jury of Fate
The Jury of Fate.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Tod Browning
Produced by B. A. Rolfe
Written by Finis Fox
June Mathis
Starring William Sherwood
Mabel Taliaferro
Cinematography Charles W. Hoffman
Distributed by Metro Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • August 6, 1917 (1917-08-06)
Running time
5 reels (approximately 50 minutes)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Jury of Fate is a lost[1] 1917 American silent drama film directed by Tod Browning.[2][3] Mabel Taliaferro plays a brother and sister dual role in the film, which is set in Canada.


As described in a film magazine,[4] Henri Labordie (Tavernier) is the father of twins. Jeanne (Taliaferro) is sweet and winsome while her brother Jaques (Taliaferro), pampered by her father, is ill-tempered. When Jaques dies through his own caddishness, Jeanne, to spare her father from the shock, clips off her hair and dons boys clothing so that her father will think that it was her and not Jaques who drowned in a stream. When Labordie dies, Jeanne's deception ends when she goes to Montreal to fulfill an ancient pact, and there she finds happiness.


  • William Sherwood as Donald Duncan
  • Mabel Taliaferro as Jaques / Jeanne
  • Frank Bennett as François Leblanc (credited as Frank Fisher Bennett)
  • Charles Fang as Ching
  • Albert Tavernier as Henri Labordie
  • Bradley Barker as Louis Hebert
  • H. F. Webber as Duval Hebert


Like many American films of the time, The Jury of Fate was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors cut the scene showing a woman in travail prior to the birth of a baby, a closeup of a half-breed choking a man over a railing, and shortened a scene with a man on the floor showing blood.[5]


  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Jury of Fate
  2. ^ "New York Times: The Jury of Fate". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Jury of Fate
  4. ^ "Reviews: The Jury of Fate". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (9): 26. August 25, 1917. 
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (10): 33. September 1, 1917. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 

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