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Peg o' My Heart (1922 film)

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Peg o' My Heart
Peg O' My Heart 1922 poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byKing Vidor
Written byJ. Hartley Manners
Mary O'Hara
StarringLaurette Taylor
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • December 18, 1922 (1922-12-18)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Lionel Belmore, Laurette Taylor and Russell Simpson in Peg o' My Heart.
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.[1] Six reels of the original eight reels survive at the Library of Congress.[2]

Proposed Paramount film

In 1919 Famous Players-Lasky filmed a version of the play and it starred newcomer Wanda Hawley. However, because of legal issues with Laurette Taylor and her husband J. Hartley Manners—ultimately decided in the United States Supreme Court case Manners v. Morosco—the film was never released.[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.



After his short-lived “Vidor Village” studio closed, King Vidor abandoned independent film-making and sought work with the dominant film studios.[5]

Producer Louis B. Mayer, soon to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer offered him the task of adapting the stage production Peg o’ My Heart stage version to film. This would be the first of three plays Vidor would make for Mayer.[6]

The enormously popular Broadway actress Laurette Taylor who portrayed the “impish” Peg O’Connell, an 18-year-old Irish orphan girl, was cast to star in the film production and—at the age of thirty-eight (born 1884)—presented certain technical challenges.[7]

The relatively insensitive film stock of the early 1920s required ample lighting to record images, and tended to reveal the chronological age of an actor.. Given these limitations, Vidor improvised with modified lens and succeeded in creating a sufficiently youthful screen appearance for Taylor. Vidor was not, however, able to suppress the stage mannerisms that Taylor had internalized during her lengthy Broadway career.[8]

Taylor was delighted with Vidor's handling of the picture and frequently screened Peg o' My Heart at social gatherings, prompting guest actress Ethel Barrymore to warn Taylor that she would cease to attend her parties if she had to “sit through Peg o' My Heart again”.[9]


As written by Manners, Peg o' My Heart contrasts the snobbishness of the British upper-middle class (Peg’s aunt Chichester) with the good-willed and sweetly sentimental character of the Irish lass, Peg - a commonplace theatrical conceit.

Vidor invests the film with a moral facet derived from his populism that champions agrarian self-reliance and political independence. In the film version, Peg’s father emerges as an agitator for agrarian land reform, rather than a disaffected manual laborer as in the stage production. Peg’s superiority to her aristocratic relatives is altered by Vidor, and now originates in her class orientation that holds rural populism as a virtue. As such, Vidor was able to invest an element of his social commitments into an “extremely restricted” cinematic project.[10]

Preservation status

Copies of the film exist at Cinematheque Royale de Belgique Brussels, Museum of Modern Art New York, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal and Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid.[11][12]


  1. ^ Durgnat and Simmons, 1988 p. 36: Approximately “ten thousand English-language performances....within six years of its 1912 debut.”
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Peg o' My Heart". Silent Era. Retrieved March 8, 2008.
  3. ^ Blum, Daniel (c. 1953), Pictorial History of the Silent Film, p. 238.
  4. ^ Pardy, George T., ed. (December 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 April 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Durgnat and Simmons, 1988 p. 35: “...the collaspe of [Vidor's] independent production company [and the loss Vidor Village studios] necessarily afforded fewer opportunities…”
  6. ^ Durgnat and Simmons, 1988 p. 35: The stage play Peg o’ My Heart “an extremely restricted assignment.” and p. 26: The two other films were Happiness (1924), also with Taylor, and The Woman of Bronze (1923)
  7. ^ Baxter 1976 p. 15
  8. ^ Baxter 1976 p. 16
  9. ^ Baxter 1976 p. 16-17
  10. ^ Durgnat and Simmons, 1988 p. 36-37, Also see Rudiments of Vidor’s Political Philosophy, p. 26-27.
  11. ^ "Peg O' My Heart". October 29, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  12. ^ Peg O'My Heart at; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine).Retrieved July 21, 2018


  • Baxter, John. 1976. King Vidor. Simon & Schuster, Inc. Monarch Film Studies. LOC Card Number 75-23544.
  • Durgnat, Raymond and Simmon, Scott. 1988. King Vidor, American. University of California Press, Berkeley. ISBN 0-520-05798-8

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