Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp

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Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp
Directed by Tod Browning
Produced by B. A. Rolfe
Written by Katharine Kavanaugh
Starring Mabel Taliaferro
Thomas Carrigan
Cinematography John M. Bauman
Edited by Ben Weiss
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 1917 (1917-07-02)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp is a lost[1] 1917 American drama film directed by Tod Browning.[2]


As described in a film magazine review,[3] Neil Dacey (Carrigan) loves Peggy Desmond (Taliaferro). Terence O'Malley (Sack), nephew of Squire O'Malley (Ryan), is anxious to win Peggy. Terence and his uncle have a quarrel because Terence cannot win Peggy, and the squire is killed. Terence does the killing with Neil's gun, so Neil is held for the murder. Peggy, to save her fiance, dresses as the will-o'-the-wisp, and this results in a confession by Terence.


  • Mabel Taliaferro - Peggy Desmond
  • Thomas Carrigan - Captain Neil Dacey (as Thomas J. Carrigan)
  • William J. Gross - Anthony Desmond (as W.J. Gross)
  • Sam Ryan - Squire O'Malley (as Sam J. Ryan)
  • Nathaniel Sack - Terence O'Malley (as Nathan Sack)
  • Thomas O'Malley - Shamus Donnelly (as Thomas F. O'Malley)
  • Florence Ashbrooke - Sarah
  • Clara Blandick - Mrs. Donnelly
  • John J. Williams - Muldoon (as J.J. Williams)


  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Reviews: Mabel Taliaferro in Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (5): 26–27. 28 July 1917. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 

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