The Southerners (1914)

It was in the early spring of 1861 that Boyd Peyton came home to Mobile after his first cruise as an officer in the United States Navy. Coming home to Mobile meant a very great deal to Boyd... See full summary »


Cyrus Townsend Brady (novel)




Cast overview:
Mabel Trunnelle ... Mary Annan
Julius A. Mood Jr. Julius A. Mood Jr. ... Beverly Annan - Mary's Brother
Bigelow Cooper ... General Peyton
Anne Leonard Anne Leonard ... Mrs. Peyton (as Anna Leonard)
Richard Tucker ... Boyd Peyton
Alan Crolius Alan Crolius ... Willis Peyton
Duncan McRae Duncan McRae ... Admiral Farragut
Augustus Phillips ... Captain Johnson
Harry Linson ... The Union Chaplain
Rex Ingram ... Undetermined Secondary Role (as Rex Hitchcock) (unconfirmed)


It was in the early spring of 1861 that Boyd Peyton came home to Mobile after his first cruise as an officer in the United States Navy. Coming home to Mobile meant a very great deal to Boyd. It meant coming back to his father, to his brother, and to his mother, but above all, it meant coming back to Mary Annan. Mary Annan was divided in her affections between Boyd Peyton and Robert Darrow. She liked and admired them both so much that it made her heart bleed to think of giving up either for the sake of the other. But before Boyd had been long in Mobile, a love for a new idol sprang up in Mary's heart, which completely overshadowed her feelings for both men. The name of this new idol was The Southern Cause. After years of misunderstanding and bitterness, the Southern States had at last decided to sever the bonds which held them in the Union. Mary, a Southerner, welcomed the rupture. So too did all the other loyal citizens of Mobile. All, that is, but Boyd Peyton. His love for the South ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 May 1914 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Distinctly above our mere war pictures
21 September 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Both the battle of Chickamauga and the battle of Mobile Bay have place in this more than usually interesting story of the war between the states. We have seen much more thrilling battle scenes in pictures and even seen the story which the picture is telling carried across the smoke and explosions of battle with more convincing naturalness than does this picture in its Chickamauga scenes. But the naval engagement in Mobile Bay in this picture is, we think, as good as anything of its kind. It surely is exciting in spite of the many counter suggestions and artificialities in it. The best picture offers its human emotions brought out by the players and the touch of wisdom that humanizes it and keeps it from seeming to be commercial. It tells a simple love story pictured in the South without any girl spy or other banality. It is not a story of adventure; but an epic and, without being great, is distinctly above our mere war pictures. It was produced by Richard Ridgely assisted by John H. Collins. Mabel Trunnelle as the heroine deserves special mention in a picture well acted as a whole. - The Moving Picture World, June 6, 1914

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