Auld Lang Syne (1911)

Among the green hills of Scotland dwelt two farmer lads, Tammas and Geordie, fast friends tried and loyal as members of the same clan. They are both very much in love with Jenny, a little ... See full summary »


Laurence Trimble (as Larry Trimble)


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Cast overview:
Maurice Costello ... Tammas
Florence Turner ... Jennie
Harry T. Morey ... Geordie - the Anse (as Harry Morey)
Alec B. Francis ... Scotsman
Helene Costello ... The Child
Tefft Johnson ... Scotsman
Jean ... Jean, a Dog


Among the green hills of Scotland dwelt two farmer lads, Tammas and Geordie, fast friends tried and loyal as members of the same clan. They are both very much in love with Jenny, a little Scottish lass, and Geordie dreams of what might be if he were successful in his wooing. Geordie persists in his attentions to her. He asks her to share her lot with him, but she replies: "1 do not lo'e ye, Geordie, I must say ye nay." But quite different does she speak to Tammas: "I do lo'e ye, Tammas" and forthwith they are betrothed. Jubilantly Tammas, on his way home, tells Geordie that Jenny is his promised bride. The shock to Geordie is too much and losing control of his anger, he denounces Tammas and bad blood comes betwixt them. On the happy wedding day, Geordie is not invited and from his home across the way he sees the happy couple enter their new home, while reflectively he stands gazing with his dog Jean from the window. Pensive and sad, he fills his cup with a large draught of consolation... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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7 November 1911 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The picture is rich with naturalness
10 May 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This two-reel picture is a picturesque story of the Highlands of Scotland based upon the sweet and noble sentiment of "Auld Lang Syne." Two typical Scottish lads, vigorous with the warmth of rockbound friendship, cemented with the association of membership in the same clan, are equally smitten with the blandishments of Jennie, a truly winsome Scotch lassie. The picture is rich with naturalness, scenery and location are exceedingly real, while the portrayal of Scotch life is most thorough and fascinating. In the lovemaking, Tammas is the favorite. Geordie's protestations of devotion have drawn from Jenny the sad words, "I do not love ye, Geordie, and must say ye nay." Rejoicing in the assurance of reciprocated affection, Tammas unfortunately tells his boyhood friend and rejected rival of his happiness, with the usual result that an enmity springs up between them. The sentiment of the picture now centers about the rejected and saddened Geordie. In a scene rich with artistic photography, he is found in his humble home alone with his dog, Jean, while the wedding festivities are in progress. His true Scotch character prevails and, taking his lonely wine cup in self consolation, he declares that "he'll take a cup o' kindness yet, for the days of Auld Lang Syne." In his reverie under the glare of the glowing embers a most effective scene is portrayed, which arouses admiration at the close of the first reel. Beauty and interest increase with the second reel. Tammas and Jenny have now a bonnie lad of five years. While gathering heather, the little fellow strays away and is lost. An all-night search by the grief-stricken parents proves fruitless. Meanwhile, however, the little fellow has fallen asleep and morning finds him safe, though crying for his mother. Here the splendid work of the old favorite dog, Jean, is again seen. Geordie, starting at daybreak with his sheep and dog, is surprised when Jean comes to him with a child's tam-o-shanter in his mouth. The dog had found the boy and with his usual sagacity adopted this method of securing his master's attention. Instrumental in restoring the lost boy to his parents, Geordie sets aside his disappointment, and Tammas forgets his resentment, and while the two men are renewing the friendship of former days Jenny runs to the house for flask and cups, which are filled, and from which they drink "a cup o' kindness yet" in the name of a sentiment which has healed many heart wounds, and restored many former friendships, Auld Lang Syne. The picture is deserving of close attention, all parts are most carefully and thoroughly presented, such scenes as those of Geordie sitting in the firelight are to be especially praised. The portrayal of Scotch life is creditable to all the actors and the story is calculated to fulfill its purpose of establishing the truth of an undying Scotch sentiment. - The Moving Picture World, November 4, 1911

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