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The Oath of Pierre (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

Pierre Dorchet, a French-Canadian and professional trapper in the great woods of the north, in visiting his traps is compelled to leave his sister, Nanette, alone on the border line. His friend, Papineau, his sister's lover, acts as her ...See morePierre Dorchet, a French-Canadian and professional trapper in the great woods of the north, in visiting his traps is compelled to leave his sister, Nanette, alone on the border line. His friend, Papineau, his sister's lover, acts as her guardian. Calvin Crow, civil engineer for the government, and his assistant, Kent, appear on the scene. Crow meets Nanette in his loneliness and with his compelling personality and glamour of the big city Quebec, makes love to her. Papineau tries interference, but his nature is easy going and feeling the need of a stronger hand goes to meet and warn her brother, Pierre. Pierre on his homeward trip meets his sweetheart, Julia Naughton, who lives with her mother on the border line. Papineau encounters Pierre in the woods on a familiar watercourse and hearing the news of his sister's danger, hurries forward on forced marches. Back in the mountains, Crow has promised to marry Nanette and then heartlessly breaks camp and leaves her. Her brother and lover return and find her terribly distressed and on the verge of insanity. Overcome by sorrow she darts into her cabin and ends her troubles with a dirk. Pierre over her dead body lifts the blade at arm's length and takes his terrible oath of vengeance. In pursuance of their work, Crow and Kent plunge deeper into the wild country and encounter the Naughtons, Julia and her mother. Attracted by her pretty face, Crow at once starts a new campaign in hearts and lays siege to the affections of Julia. The mother and daughter unsophisticated and simplehearted, are both flattered by the attentions of Crow, especially because of his connections with government work. And Crow comes dangerously near repeating the history of the unfortunate Nanette. Pierre and Papineau in the meantime are tracking the monster toward the Naughtons. Papineau almost gives out, but is fired on by the indomitable spirit of Pierre. They arrive at the Naughton cabin at the time when Julia is forming a strong liking for Crow. The mother and daughter read the coming tragedy in the faces of the two trappers and when they produce a picture of Crow and tell the purpose of their errand, Julia steals off to warn Crow. Pierre, the brother, and Papineau, the lover, both claim the right to kill and they settle the dispute by drawing cards. Pierre wins. Crow, warned by Julia, deserts camp and forces Julia to accompany him. Pierre comes to the camp and stands by the firelight, realizing that Crow has been warned. Crow takes advantage of Pierre's exposure by the firelight and shoots at Pierre, who apparently falls dead. Crow and Julia, Papineau and Mrs. Naughton, all hurry to the scene of the tragedy. Crow standing exultingly over his victim, is suddenly grabbed in the iron grip of Pierre and a fight of life and death ensues. Pierre and Papineau seek consolation in the solitude of the forest heretofore untrod by man, passing out of the lives of Julia and her mother. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Updated Jun 8, 1914

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Jun 8, 1914 (United States)

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William Garwood
Pierre Dorchet - a Young Trapper Pierre Dorchet - a Young Trapper   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Papineau - a Friend of Pierre Papineau - a Friend of Pierre   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Calvin Crow - a Government Surveyor Calvin Crow - a Government Surveyor   See fewer
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King Clark
John Kent - Crow's Assistant John Kent - Crow's Assistant   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Nanette Dorchet - Pierre's Sister Nanette Dorchet - Pierre's Sister   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Mrs. Naughton Mrs. Naughton   See fewer
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Charlotte Burton
Julia Naughton of the Border Line Julia Naughton of the Border Line   See fewer
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