Roads of Destiny

Roads of Destiny

1921 lobby poster
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Written by J. E. Nash
Based on "Roads of Destiny"
by O. Henry
Roads of Destiny
by Channing Pollock
Starring Pauline Frederick
Cinematography J. Devereaux Jennings
Distributed by Goldwyn Pictures
Release dates
April 1921
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Roads of Destiny was a 1921 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Goldwyn Pictures. The film is based on the story of the same name by O. Henry that was turned into a play by Channing Pollock starring Florence Reed. Frank Lloyd directed and stage actress Pauline Frederick starred.[1] The film is now considered lost.[2]


As summarized in a film publication,[3] David Marsh (Bowers), an inventor, is in love with Ann Hardy (Novak), but his brother Lewis also loves her. Lewis previously loved Rose Merritt (Frederick), but betrayed her and has cast her off. When he sees the success of David with Ann, Lewis reproaches his brother and threatens to end his own life unless he can marry Ann. David, overcome with these events, sinks into an armchair and falls asleep. In his dreams, the figure of Fate (George) appears and tells him that no matter which road he takes, he will find happiness with Ann and will marry her only.Then follow three dreams, one taking place in the North, one in the West, and one in his home town. When he awakes, he finds that Lewis was greeted with the same apparition and has decided to marry Rose, while David marries Ann.



  1. White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1988). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced In the United States, Part 2. R. R. Bowker. p. 660. ISBN 0-520-06301-5.
  2. The Roads of Destiny page on the Pauline Frederick website, by Greta deGroat
  3. "Star's Performance Is Feature of "Roads of Destiny"". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (3): 7. Apr 3, 1921. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
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