The Stepping Stone

The Stepping Stone is a 1916 American silent drama film, directed by Reginald Barker and Thomas H. Ince. It is a lost film.[1][2][3]

The Stepping Stone
Directed byReginald Barker
Thomas H. Ince
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Written byC. Gardner Sullivan (scenario)
StarringFrank Keenan
Mary Boland
New York Motion Picture
Kay-Bee Pictures
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • April 16, 1916 (1916-04-16)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Mary Beresford (Boland) is the wife of unambitious law clerk Al Beresford (Beresford). Thanks to Mary's tenacity and carefully calculated social-climbing, Al is promoted to the position of personal secretary of prominent financier Elihu Knowland (Keenan). Unfortunately, success goes to Al's head like a narcotic, and soon he has alienated everyone in New York, including Mary, who runs off for parts unknown.



  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Stepping Stone
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Stepping Stone

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