The Primitive Strain (1916)

On his deathbed, the father of John Harris, a minister, confesses the unpardonable sin of his life. Years before he had betrayed a French-Canadian girl called Annette. Before dying she had ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Berthelet

Writers:

H.S. Sheldon (story), W.S. Van Dyke

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Cast

Cast overview:
Edward Arnold ... John Harris - a Minister
Nell Craig ... Marie - John's Half-Sister
Hugh Thompson ... Dan McGraw - the Saloon Keeper
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Storyline

On his deathbed, the father of John Harris, a minister, confesses the unpardonable sin of his life. Years before he had betrayed a French-Canadian girl called Annette. Before dying she had become the mother of a baby girl. The dying man requests his son to go up to the Great North, find his half-sister and make restitution. The young minister goes to the barren North as his father requested. He builds a mission, much to the disapproval of Dan McGraw, owner of the dance hall. While in McGraw's place he meets Marie, the dance hall queen. He is infatuated. On Sunday the people, including Marie, attend church instead of patronizing McGraw's gambling den. He is furious and when Marie returns locks her in a room and attacks her. She finally escapes to the cabin of John Harris where she falls in a faint at the door. Harris revives her long enough for her to tell the story of her life. She proves to be his sister. Seeking revenge he goes to the dance hall where a terrible fight occurs in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1916 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Moving Picture World, 12 February 1916, erroneously credits Jack Meredith with the role of Dan McGraw, the Saloon Keeper. This mis-information is corrected in the following issue, 19 February 1916. Hugh Thompson plays the role. See more »

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