The Eagle's Mate (1914)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mary Pickford's stardom was still very much on the ascendant when she made this film for Famous Players. The Mornes are Virginia mountain people, and the head of the clan (Robert Broderick) is a moonshiner. His son, Lancer (James Kirkwood, also the film's director), goes off to college, but he returns when his father is arrested by revenuers. Anemone (Pickford), the niece of Mrs. Breckinridge (Ida Waterman), draws the attention of Fisher Morne, Lancer's crude cousin (Harry C. Browne). Fisher abducts Anemone, but Lancer decides he wants her for himself. The two men battle it out and Lancer marries Anemone against her will. She claims to hate him so he declares that the marriage will be "in name only" until she decides she loves him. Anemone returns to her aunt, but when she finds out that the revenuers are on Lancer's trail, she warns him and is by his side to chase them off. They end the film together. Pickford's brother, Jack Pickford, has a bit part as "a young Clansman." The studio re-released this film in the fall of 1918 -- Pickford had just made a couple of poor films (How Could You, Jean? and Johanna Enlists), and they thought one of her older films could help redeem her at the box office.



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