MAIRI: The Romance of a Highland Maiden

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Title: MAIRI: The Romance of a Highland Maiden

Reference number: 1331

Date: 1912

Director: filmed by Andrew Paterson

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 17.18 mins

Description: Dramatised account of Mairi, a young girl in love with a Revenue Officer and caught up in a fight to catch smugglers.

An amateur production, first shown to the public in the Central Hall Picture House, Inverness on 20th May 1912.

The film was re-edited by James S. Nairn in 1953 - please note this is the version that has been transferred to tape.

Preservation of this film supported by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Credits: w., p., d. and filmed by Andrew Paterson.
re-edited by James S. Nairn in 1953 [credits put on 1953 version, missing in original]

cast : Mairi ... Evelyn Duguid; Lovat MacDonald ... Dan Munro; Alpine ... Jack Maguire; Torquil ... Dan Dallas; Grigor ... A

Shotlist: [Please note this shotlist is from re-edited version made in 1953 with added credits and intertitles. Shotlisted from speed corrected tape, manual control track]

credits and introduction (1.53) A highland Whiskey smuggler was Lovat MacDonaldd who's daughter Mairi was in love with Revenue Officer Bates. Alpine, one of the smugglers, also in love with Mairi swears revenge (2.08) action (4.16) Hot on the trail comes the Revenue Officers, lead by Bates, to the Smugglers Cave action (6.18) The fight is on and Bates is dashed down to the rocks below action (8.25) Mairi sees Alpine watching over the still form of her lover and seeks help action (11.08) Lee smokes them out action (13.23) Bates gives the smugglers a chance. Sign this, he says, and I'll let you go free action (15.32) At last Mairi reconciles Alpine to Bates and everyone lives happily ever after action (17.18)