Sir James Matthew Barrie
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Sir James Matthew Barrie (Character)
from Finding Neverland (2004)

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James M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a famous Scottish playwright and novelist. Though many of his plays have been filmed and/or presented on television, none of them have become as famous as "Peter Pan" (1904), the story of the boy who lived in Neverland, where no one ever grows up. "Peter Pan" has been adapted countless times, most famously as a Walt Disney feature-length animated cartoon which frankly did not bear as much resemblance to Barrie's play as it could have, and as a Broadway musical starring Mary Martin which, when first televised in 1955, became a sensation, drawing the biggest television audience of its time.

Although "Peter Pan" was presented on television several times, no live-action television version was actually filmed; it was always either presented live or on videotape. There have been only two live-action film versions of "Peter Pan" made for theatres - the 1925 silent film version, starring Betty Bronson, and a 2003 Technicolor state-of-the-art version starring Jeremy Sumpter. This later version, although critically acclaimed, was a colossal flop in the U.S., largely because it was competing against the third installment in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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