Bonnie Annie Laurie (1918)



'The appealing prettiness and sympathetic personality of Peggy Hyland are seen to great advantage in this idylic story of a Scottish lassie who carries out her promise to marry the man who loves her in spite of her heart having passed into the keeping of a mysterious stranger whom destiny brings into her home surroundings.
'The old superstition of the seacoast folk that any wayfarer rescued from the sea will bring disaster to his or her rescuer is amply verified, for when gentle Annie finds the unknown stranger on the raft her troubles start.
'Mistaking her feelings for the man whose loss of memory renders him an object of sympathy to all, she only awakes to her love of him under her stern father's bitter accusation -- that she has disgraced him by breaking her promise to McGregor, who is far away serving his King and country. But even a father's curse cannot save the girl from following the stricken stanger to nurse him in a deserted hut, from which in a furious storm he disappears in a manner which seems to say he has wilfully deserted her. Shamefaced and scorned by her father she is driven from home, and eventually becomes a trained nurse, ready to take her share in the mighty war.
'Meanwhile the stranger has, through the shock of the storm, recovered his lost memory and declared himself as Hathaway, a lieutenant of the USA, and from the camp in Scotland is drafted out to the front.
'As every picturegoer is bound to surmise, the two men who love the same girl meet in the trenches, and strike up a hard-and-fast friendship.
'McGregor gets blinded in battle, but finds wonderful joy in the thought that the beautiful nurse is the girl promised to him. Then Hathaway comes to see his friend and to fall in love over again, for his village experiences is entirely forgotten. Learning that McGregor had saved Hathaway's life in "No Man's Land", and that the helpless man is happy in his dependence on her, decides the nurse in her choice. So the stranger and the village girl part -- for duty conquers!
'Sydney Mason takes the part of the stranger very well, while William Bailey, as the trusting and dependent Scotch sweetheart, presents a convincing study. The atmosphere of village life is admirably produced, also there are some realistic trench scenes
'A pretty, sentimental, but somewhat conventional plot. Good photography.'

TitleBonnie Annie Laurie (1918)
Date1919-01-02
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SourceThe Bioscope