Inspired by the character of Sir Rory O’Moore, leader of the 1641 Rebellion, this short drama reimagines the dramatic story of Rory O’More’s (sic) capture and escape from British soldiers – and locates it in the Lakes of Killarney in 1798.
Betrayed by an informer Black William, and with a substantial price on his head, Rory flees from the English soldiers after his hideout is discovered. He escapes thanks to the help of his sweetheart Kathleen, who distracts the officer in command with her feminine charms. He heads to the hills and then to the lakes with soldiers in hot pursuit. When he sees that one of the soldiers is in trouble he abandons his opportunity to escape and returns to save the soldier from drowning. He is captured, imprisoned and sentenced to death.
On the scaffold he declares “If to fight for Ireland be a crime, then I am guilty”. Black William demands the reward for his capture. But all is not lost. A sympathetic priest, Father O Brien, loosens Rory’s bonds on the scaffold and he escapes to meet Kathleen and sail off to a new life in America.
The film, like the songs, poems and plays composed in his honour, celebrates of the many deeds of valour and acts of kindness attributed to one of Ireland’s great Rebels.
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Director - Sidney Olcott
Producer - Sidney Olcott
Writer - Gene Gauntier, Samuel Lover (novel)
Key Cast - Gene Gauntier (Kathleen), Jack J Clark (Rory), Robert Vignola, Arthur Donaldson (Father O'Brien), Mrs Clark (Kathleen's Mother), J P McGowan (Black William)
Cinematography - George Hollister