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All Of A Sudden Peggy - Another Lost Film
PamelaShort from Canada
26 January 2014
This lost 1920 silent film was based on the 1907 Broadway play,
All-of-a-Sudden-Peggy. The film version was produced by Famous
Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures and starred
Marguerite Clark. It was a comedy/romance that began with Anthony, Lord
Crackenthorpe ( Orral Humphrey ) a fellow who has a keen interest
studying spiders. He has engaged the help of Mrs. O'Mara, ( Lillian
Leighton ) the widow of a zoologist to participate with him on a book
about the creatures. Mrs. O'Mara has a lovely but impetuous daughter
named Peggy ( Marguerite Clark ), and together they move into the
Crackenthorpe mansion. Anthony's mother, Lady Crackenthorpe, ( Maggie
Fisher ) is very displeased with this arrangement and fears her son,
heir to the Crackenthorpe estate, will fall in love with Peggy.
However, she does not realize he's already in love with Peggy's mother.
To keep Peggy away from Anthony, she encourages her younger son Jimmy (
Jack Mulhall ) to distract Peggy and he is very happy to oblige. At
first Peggy isn't all that interested, until she discovers that her
mother has refused Anthony's marriage proposal until her daughter weds.
Peggy leaves a note claiming that she has married Jimmy and sneaks
herself into his home while he is away. Lady Crackenthorpe is enraged
and even more so when she discovers Jimmy and Peggy are not really
married and her son may possibly be caught in a scandal. The always
impulsive Peggy suddenly decides she is in love with Jimmy and they now
must marry immediately. The loss of this 5 reel film is another tragedy
for silent film cinema and for those interested in Marguerite Clark, as
most of this lovely actress's film work has not survived.
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