The Skyrocket

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The Skyrocket
Directed by Marshall Neilan
Written by Benjamin Glazer (adaptation and scenario)
Based on The Skyrocket 
by Adela Rogers St. Johns
Starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce
Cinematography David Kesson
Distributed by Associated Exhibitors
Release dates
February 14, 1926
Running time
80 min. (8 reels, 7350 ft.)
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Skyrocket is a 1926 American silent romantic drama film directed by Marshall Neilan.

Production background[edit]

The film was based on the 1925 novel of the same name by Adela Rogers St. Johns and scripted by Benjamin Glazer.[1] The movie stars Peggy Hopkins Joyce, a one-time Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who became a media figure in the late 1910s and early 1920s for dating, marrying and divorcing wealthy men, acquiring a sizable collection of expensive jewelery and furs and wearing fashionable clothes.[2]

The film was Joyce's first full length feature and was intended as a vehicle to launch her acting career as she was largely known only for her colorful personal life. The film's distributor, Associated Exhibitors, launched a massive publicity campaign to promote the film.[3] While Joyce earned mainly positive reviews for her performance, the film barely earned back its budget in box office returns.[4] The film caused the Wisconsin state legislature to introduce a bill that would allow for the censorship of all movies entering the state.

Joyce would appear in only one more film, International House (1933), before fading into obscurity.[5]


Preservation status[edit]

No prints of The Skyrocket are known to exist and the film is now presumed a lost film.[6]


  1. ^ The Skyrocket at
  2. ^ Freudenheim, Milt (June 23, 1957). "The Legend of Peggy Hopkins Joyce: She Collected Men, Chinchilla, Diamonds". The Toledo Blade. p. 2. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rosenblum, Constance (2000). Gold Digger: The Outrageous Life and Times of Peggy Hopkins Joyce. Metropolitan Books. pp. 148–149. ISBN 0-805-05089-2. 
  4. ^ Rosenblum 2000 p.151
  5. ^ Gabler, Neal (2011). Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality. Random House LLC. p. 161. ISBN 0-307-77325-6. 
  6. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Skyrocket

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