When his daughter becomes endangered, a pious and dogmatic Scot finds he must break his code of truth to protect her.

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Murdock MacQuarrie ...
Auld MacGregor
Pauline Bush ...
Mac's Daughter
William Lloyd ...
Mac's Brother
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Young MacGregor
Richard Rosson ...
Fortunate Youth
Arthur Rosson ...
Fortunate Youth
Fred McKay ...
Youth's Father
James Neill ...
The Gambler
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When his daughter becomes endangered, a pious and dogmatic Scot finds he must break his code of truth to protect her.

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Drama | Short

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6 January 1914 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Lie (1914) -- Lost
24 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Auld MacGregor ( Murdock MacQuarrie ) is a stern, religious man who hoards his money while his son ( Lon Chaney ) and daughter ( Pauline Bush ) barely have clothes to wear. A gambler ( James Neill ) plots to rob MacGregor of his money, and he gives MacGregor's son some gambling winnings. Arthur ( Arthur Rosson ), an enemy of the gambler, tells the elder MacGregor where his son got his money from, and the old man fights with his son. Young MacGregor gets in a fight with the gambler and the boy's sister fires a gun at the gambler. She is not aware that Arthur has secretly fired at the gambler at the same time, and it is his bullet that struck the man. The young MacGregor convinces his father to lie for the girl and provide an alibi, which goes against his religious beliefs. The truth is later revealed and Arthur is charged with the crime.

"It is a great play. There is a remarkable and unique situation...Allan Dawn, one of the Universal top-notch directors, has produced this play. It is laid in the West, and if there is a place on the green earth that Mr. Dwan is familiar with, it is the West and its people. He has made every scene ring with realism." ---Moving Picture World

Sadly this 1914 short drama remains lost.


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