Young Lochinvar



Special Features: Personality of the star, a strong cast, and the romantic setting of a popular ballad.

The Story: Lochinvar of Lochinvar, betrothed from birth to Cecilia, the daughter of Johnstone of Lockwood, comes to Lockwood Castle, where he meets and falls in love with Helen, the daughter of Graeme of Netherby, visitors at the castle together with Musgrave, who is betrothed to Helen. A quarrel between the two young men leads to a fight, in which Musgrave is treacherously wounded by Cecilia's brother, Alick. Lochinvar learns from a witch that Helen is in distress. He rides to Netherby Hall, arriving at the moment when Helen is about to sign her marriage contract, and carries her off in defiance of her relatives.

From a story by J. Preston Muddock, founded on Walter Scott's rousing ballad, 'Young Lochinvar', W.P. Kellino has produced a romantic film which should equal the success of any of its Scottish predecessors. This stirring tale of Border feuds and Highland love, set amidst the most magnificent scenery and dressed in the picturesque costumes of the fifteenth century, mingles comedy and romance in a manner well calculated to please the public taste. For the provision of the comedy, Mr. Muddock has ignored the statement of the poet that Lochinvar 'rode all alone', for he sends him forth attended by two stalwart and loyal clamsmen, Jamie the Ox and Brookie the Whistler, who, though they have only one horse between them, certainly do more than the work of two men in forwarding their chieftain's love affair. A little of the Scottish spirit has evaporated from the character of Young Lochinvar himself, for as portrayed by Owen Nares he appears more as the dreamy and devout young lover than the dashing warrior. Musgrave, the laggard in love and the dastard in war, certainly proves himself the better man when matched against Lochinvar with broadsword and targe, and the hero's flight with Helen, though on the best steed of the Border, seems a gentle amble when compared with what we are accustomed to in the cowboy drama. '
The love interest, after all, is the main thing and Owen Nares as Lochinvar, and Gladys Jennings as Helen of Netherby, make such a charming pair of lovers as will appeal to every film enthusiast who is in love with love. Lionel Braham and Bertie Wright supply some excellent comedy, and striking performances are given by Dick Webb as Musgrave, Cecil Morton York as Johnstone of Lockwood, and Nelson Ramsay as Graeme of Netherby, while all the subordinate parts are admirably played, and the big crowds play with spirit, and are most efficently handled. The exterior settings are beautiful, and include some fine specimens of old Scottish architecture, the interior sets being admirably in keeping. The photography by Basil W.G. Emmott is exceptionally good, and the entire production is tasteful and picturesque.

TitleYoung Lochinvar
Date1923-10-11
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SourceThe Bioscope