The Megantic Outlaw is a Canadian historical drama television film, directed by Ron Kelly and broadcast by CBC Television in 1971.[1] The film is a portrait of Donald Morrison, a man from Lac-Mégantic who became an outlaw in 1887 when he tried to defend his parents from being evicted from their home by an unscrupulous landowner.

The Megantic Outlaw
Written byRon Kelly
Directed byRon Kelly
StarringGary McKeehan
Sydney Brown
Jane Mallett
Carole Lazare
Lloyd Bochner
Theme music composerDoug Riley
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
ProducerRon Kelly
CinematographyRobert Hutt
EditorsRon Kelly
Clarke Mackey
Running time90 minutes
Original release
NetworkCBC Television
ReleaseJanuary 27, 1971 (1971-01-27)

The cast includes Gary McKeehan as Donald Morrison, Sydney Brown and Jane Mallett as his parents, Carole Lazare as his fiancée, and Lloyd Bochner as police inspector Carpenter.

The film was shot in various historic and rural areas around Toronto in 1970, including Todmorden Mills, Black Creek Pioneer Village and the village of Brougham.[1]

The film won two Canadian Film Awards at the 23rd Canadian Film Awards, for Best TV Drama and Best Actress (Non-Feature) (Lazare).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Folk hero's story told". Calgary Herald, January 22, 1971.
  2. ^ Maria Topalovich, And the Genie Goes To...: Celebrating 50 Years of the Canadian Film Awards. Stoddart Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7737-3238-1. pp. 93-95.