Pride of the Clan (1917)

Stars: Mary Pickford, Matt Moore, Warren Cook
Director: Maurice Tourneur
Runtime: 86 Minutes
Language: English subtitles - Orchestra music score
Color:  Black and White
Format:  DVD-R
Extras: Sweet Memories (1911) Mary Pickford
Rating: NR

Price: $14.95

Pride of the Clan

Directed by Maurice Tourneur

Mary Pickford .... Marget MacTavish
Matt Moore .... Jamie Campbell
Warren Cook .... Robert, Earl of Dunstable
Kathryn Browne-Decker .... The Countess of Dunstable
Edward Roseman .... David Pitcairn
Joel Day .... The Dominie

Donald MacTavish, the last chieftain of his clan on an island off the coast of Scotland, dies at sea. This leaves his only daughter, Marget, to assume the responsibilities of leadership. Marget's burden is partially eased by her blossoming romance with Jamie Campbell. But there is a secret from Jamie's past that neither of them know about.

86 minutes

Included short:

with Mary Pickford

A rare IMP production filmed with her then husband Owen Moore.
12 minutes


Review by Edward Lorusso


The Pride of the Clan tells the story of a young girl who becomes clan chieftain after her father dies. On an island off the coast of Scotland, the villagers live the simple lives of "fisher folk." The film boasts some stunning ocean scenery, and the camera work on boats is splendid.

Maurice Tourneur directed Mary Pickford (whom he thought the world’s greatest screen actress) in this pleasant film. Pickford was already a major star in 1917, and this film seems to have been written just for her: plucky young woman succeeds over misfortune. The sight of Pickford whip-lashing lazy villagers toward church is very funny. And the final scenes on the sinking ship are very well done. Not a great Pickford film, but still worth seeing.

Matt Moore (Pickford was married to his brother, Owen Moore) is the love interest and is good as the strapping island lad. Leatrice Joy is one of the villagers but I couldn't spot her. Warren Cook and Kathryn Browne-Decker play the lord and lady, and Edward Roseman plays Pitcairn, the village doomsdayer.

Several very eerie moments when the music stops and you hear bells and gongs to match the island warning bells—usually a signal of storm or shipwreck—and all set against a rugged, rocky coastline.