The Strength of Donald McKenzie

Release Date:   8/3/1916
Distributor:   Mutual
Reels:   5
Brand:   Mutual Star Productions
Genre:   Drama
Director:   John Prescott
Writer:   J. Hungerford, Russell Smith
Confirmed Cast:   William Russell, Charlotte Burton, Harry Keenan, George Ahern, John Prescott, Nell Franzen, Marguerite Nichols
Story Summary:

When John Condon, the head of a failing publishing house, and his daughter Mabel spend some time in the forest, the latter falls in love with Donald McKenzie, a lumber man who writes poetry in his spare time. After the father and daughter return the city, Donald, under an assumed name, sends John his book of verse, and the publisher is certain that it will become a best seller. John and Mabel return to the woods and bring Maynard Randall, one of Mabel's suitors, with them. Maynard quickly becomes jealous of Donald, so he hires Pierre to kill him, but the marksman only wounds his target, and then, after Pierre is shot while poaching, Donald and Mabel nurse him back to health. A remorseful Pierre then tells the whole story of Maynard's plot, after which Donald and Mabel decide to get married, and John, who has learned that Donald wrote the poems, earns a fortune from the book's publication.

- AFI

Unique Occurrences:

Adapted from Russell E. Smith's story "The Guide."


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