A Thousand to One

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A Thousand to One
Hobart Bosworth in A Thousand to One by R.V. Lee Film Daily 1920.png
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Written by Max Brand
Joseph F. Poland
Starring Hobart Bosworth
Ethel Grey Terry
Charles West
Cinematography J.O. Taylor
Edited by Ralph Dixon
J. Parker Read Jr. Productions
Distributed by Associated Producers
Release date
December 5, 1920
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

A Thousand to One is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Hobart Bosworth, Ethel Grey Terry and Charles West. [1]



The story follows William Newlands, a man deep in debt who marries wealthy Beatrice on the advice of his unscrupulous friend, Jimmy Munroe. On their honeymoon train, they experience a derailment where Beatrice saves the life of mine owner Steven Crawford, but loses sight of her husband who is presumed dead.

In reality, Newlands has survived the wreck and is filled with remorse for his past actions. He disguises himself with a beard and finds work at Crawford's mine, eventually becoming the foreman. During his time there, he brings law and order to the miners and discovers a rich vein of ore, saving Crawford from financial ruin.

Despite his success, Newlands avoids Beatrice as he has decided to stay out of her life. However, Beatrice recognizes him and begs for a second chance at their marriage. Newlands ultimately agrees and the story ends with the couple reconciling. [2]


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  1. Taves p.167
  2. A Thousand to One (1920) - IMDb , retrieved February 15, 2023


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