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HISTORY

The film opened in New York on 4 May 1919. Hiller and Wilk, the New York representatives of Maurice Tourneur Productions, arranged the New York premiere. The White Heather was the first of Tourneur's films to be shot in California. The Williamson Brothers' underwater filming apparatus was used to shoot underwater scenes in the harbor at San Pedro, CA with Tourneur donning a diving suit to direct the actors on the ocean floor. Modern sources credit Ben Carré as the art ... More Less

The film opened in New York on 4 May 1919. Hiller and Wilk, the New York representatives of Maurice Tourneur Productions, arranged the New York premiere. The White Heather was the first of Tourneur's films to be shot in California. The Williamson Brothers' underwater filming apparatus was used to shoot underwater scenes in the harbor at San Pedro, CA with Tourneur donning a diving suit to direct the actors on the ocean floor. Modern sources credit Ben Carré as the art director. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
17 May 19
p. 1827.
MPN
8 Feb 19
p. 884.
MPN
29 Mar 19
p. 1990.
MPN
28 Feb 20
p. 1329.
MPW
17 May 19
pp. 1070-71.
MPW
5 Jul 19
pp. 14-16, 97-98.
New York Times
5 May 19
p. 11.
Variety
9 May 19
p. 53.
Wid's
11 May 19
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The White Heather by Cecil Raleigh, Henry Hamilton (London, 16 Sep 1897).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 June 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Maurice Tourneur Production
Copyright Date:
1 March 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13505
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lord Angus Cameron's marriage to a woman of his titled Scottish class is thwarted by his secret marriage years before to Marion Hume, the housekeeper of the castle. Cameron attempts to repudiate the marriage, the only record of which is a certificate in the sunken wreck of a yacht, The White Heather . Marion goes to court to prove her claim and secure the rights of her son by Cameron, but is defeated. Alec McClintock, who is in love with Marion, and Cameron both want to recover the record, so they don diving suits and descend to the wreck. An underwater struggle ensues and Cameron severs his own air tube and drowns while attempting to cut off his rival's air supply. Alec then recovers the marriage record and wins ... +


Lord Angus Cameron's marriage to a woman of his titled Scottish class is thwarted by his secret marriage years before to Marion Hume, the housekeeper of the castle. Cameron attempts to repudiate the marriage, the only record of which is a certificate in the sunken wreck of a yacht, The White Heather . Marion goes to court to prove her claim and secure the rights of her son by Cameron, but is defeated. Alec McClintock, who is in love with Marion, and Cameron both want to recover the record, so they don diving suits and descend to the wreck. An underwater struggle ensues and Cameron severs his own air tube and drowns while attempting to cut off his rival's air supply. Alec then recovers the marriage record and wins Marion. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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