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Contemporary sources state that the pre-release title was The Reeds of the Clan. Much of this film was shot on the upper half of the New England shore. On 12 Nov 1916, at Marblehead, MA, during the shooting of this film, a boat containing Mary Pickford, director Maurice Tourneur, several cast members, and the cameramen sprang a leak. Two cameras were lost as the schooner went down and Pickford was rescued by Tourneur after a wave knocked her down. According to modern sources, Clarence Brown was the assistant director and editor, Leatrice Joy was an extra, and the film was originally titled Lass of Killean. ...

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Contemporary sources state that the pre-release title was The Reeds of the Clan. Much of this film was shot on the upper half of the New England shore. On 12 Nov 1916, at Marblehead, MA, during the shooting of this film, a boat containing Mary Pickford, director Maurice Tourneur, several cast members, and the cameramen sprang a leak. Two cameras were lost as the schooner went down and Pickford was rescued by Tourneur after a wave knocked her down. According to modern sources, Clarence Brown was the assistant director and editor, Leatrice Joy was an extra, and the film was originally titled Lass of Killean.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Jan 1917
p. 422
Motog
20 Jan 1917
pp. 151-52
MPN
20 Jan 1917
p. 432
MPW
28 Jul 1917
p. 627
MPW
20 Jan 1917
p. 354, 423
NYDM
13 Jan 1917
p. 26
Wid's
11 Jan 1917
pp. 27-28
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Reeds of the Clan
Release Date:
8 January 1917
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After her father, the chieftain of a clan off the western coast of Scotland, dies at sea during a storm, Marget MacTavish consoles the other clan members even though she is heartbroken. On the Sabbath, Marget takes command as chieftain and drives everyone into the nearly empty church, except for David Pitcairn, who thinks that praying is fruitless. When Marget and Jamie Campbell, a young fisherman, become engaged in a traditional ceremony, Mrs. Campbell writes to the Countess of Dunstable and confesses that years earlier, she, as Jamie's nurse, reported Jamie's death so that she could raise him. The countess arrives with her second husband, an Earl, who convinces Marget that for Jamie's sake she should break the engagement. Although Jamie protests, Marget uses her authority as chieftain to command him to leave her. Marget drifts to sea to leave the area, but her old, unseaworthy vessel begins to sink. Pitcairn awakens and rings an alarm, then prays for Marget as Jamie takes a power boat from his mother's yacht and rescues her. Jamie's parents then accept the ...

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After her father, the chieftain of a clan off the western coast of Scotland, dies at sea during a storm, Marget MacTavish consoles the other clan members even though she is heartbroken. On the Sabbath, Marget takes command as chieftain and drives everyone into the nearly empty church, except for David Pitcairn, who thinks that praying is fruitless. When Marget and Jamie Campbell, a young fisherman, become engaged in a traditional ceremony, Mrs. Campbell writes to the Countess of Dunstable and confesses that years earlier, she, as Jamie's nurse, reported Jamie's death so that she could raise him. The countess arrives with her second husband, an Earl, who convinces Marget that for Jamie's sake she should break the engagement. Although Jamie protests, Marget uses her authority as chieftain to command him to leave her. Marget drifts to sea to leave the area, but her old, unseaworthy vessel begins to sink. Pitcairn awakens and rings an alarm, then prays for Marget as Jamie takes a power boat from his mother's yacht and rescues her. Jamie's parents then accept the marriage.

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