J. Hartley Manners

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Laurette Taylor and J. Hartley Manners circa 1914-1915

John Hartley Manners (10 August 1870 – 19 December 1928)[1] was a London-born playwright of Irish extraction who wrote Peg o' My Heart, which starred his wife, Laurette Taylor, on Broadway in one of her greatest stage triumphs.


He was born on 10 August 1870. He wrote the 1922 silent screen adaptation of Peg o' My Heart which starred Laurette. The 1933 sound remake starring Marion Davies was adapted from Manners' play as Manners had died in 1928. Manners also wrote two 1924 silent film screenplays which starred his wife in her only two other motion picture appearances, Happiness adapted from his play, and One Night in Rome. The latter his wife particularly enjoyed and kept a personal print to run over and over for guests.

His one-act radio play The Queen's Messenger was adapted to become the first ever broadcast television drama only three months before his death on 19 December 1928.


Peg o' My Heart, a comedy, played in New York City from December 20, 1912 to May 30, 1914.[2] It afterward had a long run in London. The play was the subject of a United States Supreme Court case decided in 1920, Manners v. Morosco.

Manners' other plays include:

He published Peg o' My Heart in 1913, and Happiness and Other Plays, including Just as Well and The Day of Dupes in 1914.[2]

He died of esophageal cancer in New York City, aged 58.


  1. ^ "J. Hartley Manners". IMDB. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  2. ^ a b New International Encyclopedia

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