Cast & Crew
David Balfour is sent to the home of his Uncle Ebenezer, the miserly Laird of Shaws, to claim his right to the estate of Shaws. There Ebenezer plans to kill him, but failing in this, he hatches a plot with Captain Hoseason to kidnap David and sell him as a slave in the Carolinas. With the aid of Alan Breck, a daring and skilled fencer, Hoseason's villainous crew is outwitted, and the two friends escape to the Highlands of Scotland. After enduring hardships and several narrow escapes from death, they finally reach Shaws, where David is installed as Laird. Bold and lovable Alan feels the spirit of the road calling, however, and he takes the high road while David takes the low, and the two companions bid farewell.
This film was initially released as a four reel feature by Forum Film, Inc. during the week of May 7, 1917 with two short films, also produced by Edison in a program that was to be booked as a whole. Subsequently, the K-E-S-E Service released the film on September 8, 1917, in a slightly longer version of 4,650 ft., with three other short films. Among the many other film versions of Stevenson's novel are: the 1938 Twentieth Century-Fox production, starring Warner Baxter and Freddie Bartholomew and directed by Alfred Werker; the 1948 Monogram release, starring Roddy McDowell and directed by William Beaudine; the 1960 Disney film, starring Peter Finch and directed by Robert Stevenson; and the 1971 British production, starring Michael Caine and directed by Delbert Mann.