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Annie Laurie (1936)

Approved | | Short, Drama, Musical | 31 October 1936 (USA)
In late 18th century Scotland, Annie Laurie and William Douglas love each other, but their clans are on opposite sides of the country's civil war. Their love is made immortal through the title song of this film.

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... Annie Laurie
... William Douglas (as Stanley Morner)
... Sir Robert Laurie
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Tells the story of the roots of the song, "Annie Laurie." In the mid-18th century, civil war embroils Scotland. The Laurie and Douglas clans are on opposite sides. William Douglas and Annie Laurie are in a garden outside the church in Glencairn, where newly-married couples sit in the wishing chair. He's off to fight, but comes to see Annie first to tell her he loves her. Her father and brothers arrive, Will asks for Annie's hand in marriage; Sir Robert consents if William will renounce his clan. He refuses and must escape capture. Annie is locked in a cell by her father. Can this story end happily? What of the song? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama | Musical

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Annie Laurie
Performed by Dennis Morgan
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Two future stars appear in this short.
10 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is an unusual short from MGM in that instead of the usual no-name or very small-time actors, this one has two genuine stars...just before they hit stardom. Dennis Morgan and Anne Rutherford are the leads-- Morgan before he switched to Warner Brothers and met with considerable success and Rutherford before she was in "Gone With the Wind" and the Andy Hardy films.

Annie and William (Rutherford and Morgan) are desperately in love but their clans are on opposite sides during the war in 18th century Scotland. So their love seemed destined for naught since William, naturally, is unwilling to renounce his clan to wed Annie.

The film looked great and featured some nice acting and singing...but the story itself...meh. It didn't impress me. The ending, in particular, seemed VERY anticlimactic.


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