Lillian Gish in Her Latest Production Makes a Shift From New England to Old Scotland Locale
Famed in song and poetry has taken pictorial form in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production directed by John Robertson with Lillian Gish in the title role.
Lillian Gish literally is Annie Laurie. Those who imagined her as a myth or legend will be amazed at the actual woman; Miss Gish is a faithful portrayer of the real Annie Laurie, who lived centuries ago whose love and whose heroism turned the tide of Scottish history in a real life drama more powerful than any imagined by a scenarist; and whose romance has come down to the world in song of the ancient bard. “Annie Laurie” is a tremendous drama of history. It deals with the gigantic ferment and struggle in Scotland that culminated in the Glencoe Massacre.
It is all laid on actual fact. Miss Gish, as the historic daughter of Sir Robert Laurie, chief of Clan Campbell, approaches the genius of Bernhardt, but always coupled with her own ethereal charm, in the mighty drama, in which she enacts the Scottish Joan of Arc. Norman Kerry plays the hero as a chieftain of the enemy clan of MacDonald. The great battle scenes, with hordes of six foot wanders in tartans and plaids, battling with shield and claymore—the majesty of the ancient Scotch castles these all add glamor. But the charm of Lillian Gish pervades it all.
Lillian Gish is in the title role supported by Norman Kerry, Hobart Bosworth, David Torrence, Creighton Hale, Brandon Hurst, Patricia Avery, Joseph Striker, Russell Simpson and Frank Currier—Oliver Marsh photograph—the production under the direction of John Robertson.