Peg O' My Heart (1922)

Comedy-drama | 18 December 1922

Director:

King Vidor

Writer:

Mary O'Hara

Cinematographer:

George Barnes

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Peg O’ My Heart was originally written by J. Hartley Manners as a stage play in 1912, and a novelization in 1918. The play, which debuted on 26 May 1912, was extremely popular and toured several countries throughout the world, making over 14,925 performances, according to the 1 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The 17 Jun 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced the theatrical feature film debut of actress Laurette Taylor, who would be reprising her stage role of “Peg.” Principal photography was set to begin on 5 Jul 1922 in Los Angeles, CA. Writer J. Hartley Manners, who was Laurette Taylor’s husband, offered his services as film advisor during the production.
       The 22 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review reported a delay in the start of filming due to Taylor’s “poor health.” An anticipated start date of 10 Aug 1922 was noted. On 28 Oct 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review announced that production would be completed within the week.
       Critical reception was positive, with the 23 Dec 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review stating that the film adaptation “lives up to all expectations” of the stage play.
       For more information about Peg O’ My Heart, please see entries for the 1919 and 1933 ... More Less

Peg O’ My Heart was originally written by J. Hartley Manners as a stage play in 1912, and a novelization in 1918. The play, which debuted on 26 May 1912, was extremely popular and toured several countries throughout the world, making over 14,925 performances, according to the 1 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The 17 Jun 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced the theatrical feature film debut of actress Laurette Taylor, who would be reprising her stage role of “Peg.” Principal photography was set to begin on 5 Jul 1922 in Los Angeles, CA. Writer J. Hartley Manners, who was Laurette Taylor’s husband, offered his services as film advisor during the production.
       The 22 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review reported a delay in the start of filming due to Taylor’s “poor health.” An anticipated start date of 10 Aug 1922 was noted. On 28 Oct 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review announced that production would be completed within the week.
       Critical reception was positive, with the 23 Dec 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review stating that the film adaptation “lives up to all expectations” of the stage play.
       For more information about Peg O’ My Heart, please see entries for the 1919 and 1933 releases. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Jun 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Jul 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Jul 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
28 Oct 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Dec 1922.
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Film Daily
17 Dec 1922
p. 2.
New York Times
22 Jan 1923
p. 10.
Variety
25 Jan 1923
p. 41.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 December 1922
Production Date:
10 August--late October 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 January 1923
Copyright Number:
LP18736
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,900
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peg, the daughter of a poor Irish farmer and an upper class Englishwoman whose family has disowned her, is sent to England to live with the Chichesters. Their snobbish ways alienate her, and her only friend is Jerry, who lives on a neighboring estate. When Peg learns that the Chichesters' only interest in her is the money paid to them by her uncle and that Jerry is really Sir Gerald Adair, she returns, disillusioned, to Ireland. Jerry follows and persuades Peg to marry ... +


Peg, the daughter of a poor Irish farmer and an upper class Englishwoman whose family has disowned her, is sent to England to live with the Chichesters. Their snobbish ways alienate her, and her only friend is Jerry, who lives on a neighboring estate. When Peg learns that the Chichesters' only interest in her is the money paid to them by her uncle and that Jerry is really Sir Gerald Adair, she returns, disillusioned, to Ireland. Jerry follows and persuades Peg to marry him. +

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