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Marian Ainslee (titles)
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11 May 1927 (USA) See more »
The story of the famous battle between the Scots clans of Macdonald and Campbell, and the young woman who comes between them, Annie Laurie. | Add synopsis »
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Lillian Gish ... Annie Laurie

Norman Kerry ... Ian Macdonald

Creighton Hale ... Donald

Joseph Striker ... Alastair

Hobart Bosworth ... The MacDonald Chieftain

Patricia Avery ... Enid

Russell Simpson ... Sandy

Brandon Hurst ... The Campbell Chieftain

David Torrence ... Sir Robert Laurie

Frank Currier ... Cameron of Lochiel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... One of the MacDonalds (uncredited)

Mary Gordon ... First Midwife (uncredited)

Carmencita Johnson ... Baby (uncredited)

Henry Kolker ... King's Representative (uncredited)

Margaret Mann ... Second Midwife (uncredited)

Carl 'Major' Roup ... (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
John S. Robertson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marian Ainslee  titles
Ruth Cummings  titles
Josephine Lovett  screenplay
Josephine Lovett  story

Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
David Mendoza (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Merrill Pye 
Costume Design by
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ruth Harriet Louise .... still photographer (uncredited)

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USA:90 min
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (finale)
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In 1987, a film collector donated a copy of this film to the Oregon Historical Society which then gave the film to the Library of Congress for restoration.See more »


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Lillian Gish Goes the Distance, 19 December 2010
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Hundreds of years ago, two Scottish clans feud in the highlands surrounding their neighboring castles. These families are led by patriarchal chieftains Hobart Bosworth (as MacDonald) and Brandon Hurst (as Campbell). Their sons and subjects raid each other's cattle, kill an occasional serf, and take their women by force. Our heroine, lovely Lillian Gish (as Annie Laurie), is aligned with the Campbell clan not only by blood, but also through best friend Patricia Avery (as Enid Campbell). Ms. Gish has caught the eye of arrogant cousin Creighton Hale (as Donald Campbell), but exchanges more passionate glances with bigger, brawnier rival Norman Kerry (as Ian MacDonald). With his broad shoulders and big grin, Mr. Kerry brutishly arouses Gish...

The family feud heats up when the MacDonald clan abducts Ms. Avery, as part of a revenge attack. A truce is reached, but Avery shocks all parties by announcing she has fallen in love with handsome abductor Joseph Striker (as Alastair MacDonald). When Gish seems likely to follow cousin Avery into the arms of another rough and ready MacDonald, Mr. Hale plots the Campbell clan's final solution to the age-old family feud. This leads to a thrilling last act, with Gish trying to stop a massacre…

MGM made "Annie Laurie" a blockbuster for their high-prestige star, which turned out to be one in a series of miscalculations in handling Lillian Gish. On balance, her final silent films had to be considered, at the time, a modest success; still, the bottom line was money, and too much was being spent for too little. This expensively made film lost a bundle.

"Annie Laurie" hasn't achieved the classic status now afforded other Gish fare from this era, like "The Scarlet Letter (1926) and "The Wind" (1928); importantly, both were directed by Victor Sjöström. Another reason is that Gish became a spokesperson for silent films, and decided against promoting certain films. Her efforts had an unquestionably positive effect on film preservation, overall, but she left a few jewels behind. "Annie Laurie" isn't thematically up to Gish-Sjöström levels, but it's an excellent example of silent cinema. Director John S. Robertson, who was considered one of the best directors available in the 1920s, turns in some of his finest work. The castle massacre, frantic mountain chase, and Technicolor finale are exceptional.

******** Annie Laurie (5/11/27) John S. Robertson ~ Lillian Gish, Norman Kerry, Creighton Hale, Hobart Bosworth

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