Per its title, Lady of the Lake was inspired by the Sir Walter Scott poem. The titular lady, played by Benita Hume (later Mrs. Ronald Colman), is exiled from her homeland by royal decree. Though she has every right to be bitter, Hume saves King James V (Percy Marmont) from being killed by bandits. Given the shoddy production values of most British silent films, Lady of the Lake was a work of art by comparison. In 1931, the film was reissued with a new music and sound-effects track. It is this 55-minute version, minus the tacked-on soundtrack, that is most readily available today.