Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp (1917)

Drama | 9 July 1917

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HISTORY

The film was sometimes reviewed under the title The Will o' the Wisp , the name of the Irish folktale on which the screenplay was loosely based. Robert Farrell, an Irish artist, assisted technical director Edward J. Shulter in the design of a set to represent an Irish tavern. The actor playing Terence O'Malley is alternately called Nathan Sacks and Nathaniel Saxe in contemporary ... More Less

The film was sometimes reviewed under the title The Will o' the Wisp , the name of the Irish folktale on which the screenplay was loosely based. Robert Farrell, an Irish artist, assisted technical director Edward J. Shulter in the design of a set to represent an Irish tavern. The actor playing Terence O'Malley is alternately called Nathan Sacks and Nathaniel Saxe in contemporary reviews. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
2 Jun 17
p. 1157.
MPN
4 Aug 17
p. 826, 864-65.
MPW
30 Jun 17
p. 2133.
MPW
20 Sep 17
p. 599.
MPW
11 Aug 17
p. 958.
Variety
20 Jul 17
p. 30.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Will o' the Wisp
Release Date:
9 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11069
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peggy Desmond, the daughter of an Irish magistrate, loves Captain Neil Dacey, but is pursued by Terence O'Malley, the nephew of Squire O'Malley, a wealthy landowner. Although the squire offers to pay off the Desmonds' debts if Peggy were to marry Terence, Peggy refuses. After Neil invokes the name of Rory O'More, the "Will o' the Wisp," a legendary Irish Robin Hood, Peggy dresses up as a highwayman and robs Squire O'Malley, then gives the purse to one of the squire's poor tenants. As the local law officer, Neil is assigned to capture the bandit, but is robbed himself by his clever incognito sweetheart. When the squire turns up dead, Neil, whose gun is found next to the corpse, is arrested and jailed. To free her love, Peggy disguises herself once more as a highwayman and forces Terence to confess to the murder at gunpoint. Once released, Neil deduces that Peggy is the bandit and makes good on her promise to marry the man who succeeded in unmasking the "Will o' of the ... +


Peggy Desmond, the daughter of an Irish magistrate, loves Captain Neil Dacey, but is pursued by Terence O'Malley, the nephew of Squire O'Malley, a wealthy landowner. Although the squire offers to pay off the Desmonds' debts if Peggy were to marry Terence, Peggy refuses. After Neil invokes the name of Rory O'More, the "Will o' the Wisp," a legendary Irish Robin Hood, Peggy dresses up as a highwayman and robs Squire O'Malley, then gives the purse to one of the squire's poor tenants. As the local law officer, Neil is assigned to capture the bandit, but is robbed himself by his clever incognito sweetheart. When the squire turns up dead, Neil, whose gun is found next to the corpse, is arrested and jailed. To free her love, Peggy disguises herself once more as a highwayman and forces Terence to confess to the murder at gunpoint. Once released, Neil deduces that Peggy is the bandit and makes good on her promise to marry the man who succeeded in unmasking the "Will o' of the Wisp." +

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Sub-genre:
Rural


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