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25 August 1910 (USA) See more »
Peggy is a high-spirited young woman from a poor family. One day she catches the eye of a wealthy lord... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mary Pickford ... Peggy
Clara T. Bracy ... Peggy's mother
Henry B. Walthall ... The Lord
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... Woman at the inn
William J. Butler ... A servant
Verner Clarges
Charles Craig ... Man at the party
Edward Dillon ... Man at the inn / Man at the party
Francis J. Grandon ... Man at the party

Robert Harron
Guy Hedlund ... Man at the wedding
Dell Henderson ... A servant
Grace Henderson ... Woman at the party
Henry Lehrman ... Bumpkin
Stephanie Longfellow ... Woman at the party

Claire McDowell ... The maid
W. Chrystie Miller ... Man at the wedding
Alfred Paget ... A servant
Billy Quirk ... Man at the party
Gertrude Robinson ... Woman at the party
W.C. Robinson ... Man at the wedding

Mack Sennett ... Man at the wedding
Mabel Van Buren ... Woman at the party

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank E. Woods 

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 

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Additional Details

17 min (16 fps)
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In later years, Mary Pickford reminisced about the making of Wilful Peggy. She said that, originally, when her character Peggy was ordered to marry the much-older aristocrat, she was supposed to submit in a docile fashion. Instead, Mary remarked: "I'd like to give this mother of mine in the picture a good shake when she orders me to marry a man old enough to be my grandfather." Director D. W. Griffith replied: "Well, why don't you do it, Pickford? I've no objection." When the cameras rolled, Mary fought the actress playing her mother, and chased her around a tree. Griffith loved the resulting scene, which went to the finished film.See more »
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really good if you like slapstick, 27 December 2006
Author: caldoni from porltand, or

I'm a film maker and silent films have become my guilty pleasure lately, a lot of people watch 80's films or dumb action flicks or whatever, but me I like old silents, reason being, you can often feel the fun they had making them.

DW Griffith is remembered-by those who remember him-as a racist and/or film innovator which is probably a fair assessment either way. I will say that this shows his abilities to not just play stereotypes.

In a way Peggy is a feminist heroine, if someone offends her she breaks a piano stool over their head, she dresses like a man and at one point tries to seduce a bar maid, also the Lord is an interesting characters, he's unhindered by her stand-offish attitude and in fact likes it-even if it does seem a little condescending.

I guess though I'm being to thoughtful. It's quick paced for it's and genuinely funny.

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