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The Hand of Fate

The Hand of Fate is cruel indeed in this minor tragedy from the Bournemouth Cine Society - featuring lovers, letters and suspension bridges

Amateur film 1933 10 mins Silent

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This tragedy begins with teary goodbyes as two lovers part – Joe is off to America to seek his fortune. In a letter to Beth, Joe says he’ll write again when he's ready for her to come and be his bride. She replies that unless she hears from him soon she will end it all. No reply arrives so Beth drowns herself in a river. Back in America, Joe receives his lover's final letter, which causes him to jump off a suspension bridge. If only they’d known about the incompetence of the Post Office.