Peg o' My Heart (1922 film)

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Peg o' My Heart
Peg O' My Heart 1922 poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by King Vidor
Written by J. Hartley Manners
Mary O'Hara
Starring Laurette Taylor
Cinematography George Barnes
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • December 18, 1922 (1922-12-18)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Lionel Belmore, Laurette Taylor and Russell Simpson in Peg o' My Heart.

Peg o' My Heart is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Laurette Taylor. It is based on the 1912 play written by Taylor's husband J. Hartley Manners. The play starred Laurette Taylor and famously ran a record number of performances on Broadway. Six reels of the original eight reels survive at the Library of Congress.[1]

Proposed Paramount film[edit]

In 1919 Paramount Pictures filmed a version of the play and it starred newcomer Wanda Hawley. However because of legal rights with Laurette Taylor and her husband J. Hartley Manners, the film was never released.[2][3]


As described in a film publication,[4] Margaret "Peg" O'Connell (Taylor), according to her uncle's will, is to be educated in England under the supervision of her aunt, Mrs. Chichester (Lewis). Upon her arrival from Ireland, she is looked down upon by the Chichester household for her lack of culture, and she vows never to become a lady. She meets Jerry, a young man from a neighboring estate, who becomes her friend. Then she discovers that he is Sir Gerald Adair (Hamilton) and rebels at the deception he has been conducting. She also finds out that the only reason her aunt is keeping her is because of compensation from the will. Peg leaves to return home, but finds that she is in love with Gerald. Gerald follows her and proposes.


Preservation status[edit]

  • Copies exist at Cinematheque Royale de Belgique Brussels, Museum of Modern Art New York, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal and Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid.[5]


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Peg o' My Heart". Silent Era. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ Blum, Daniel (c. 1953), Pictorial History of the Silent Film, p. 238.
  3. ^ Peg o' My Heart (filmed in 1919) and never released; directed by William C. deMille and starring Wanda Hawley
  4. ^ Pardy, George T., ed. (Dec 23, 1922). "Illustrated Screen Report: Peg o' My Heart". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (4): 215. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  5. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Peg o' My Heart

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