Bonnie, Bonnie Lassie (1919)

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Alisa Graeme (Mary MacLaren) is sent from Scotland to America by her grandfather. She visits with old Jeremiah Wishart (Spottiswood Aitken), a wealthy friend of grandpa's who wants to marry her off to his nephew David (David Butler). But he runs away before meeting the girl, and Jeremiah figures he'll just marry her off to his other nephew. Alisa, however, does not find the young man to her liking and runs away herself. It's not long before she encounters a billboard painter. After they share his lunch and she helps him fix his painting, they decide to form a partnership. The rest is easily guessed, but here it is anyway -- the young man happens to be the missing nephew, the pair fall in love, he won't marry her because he's too poor, she leaves in a huff, and in the end they are reunited when he's painting a billboard in front of Jeremiah's home. This film was originally a story by Henry C. Rowland that appeared in Ainslee magazine, which doesn't say much for the quality of periodical fiction in the late 1910s.