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The Darling of New York (1923)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Santussa (as Baby Peggy Montgomery)
Ligh Fingered Kitty
Pat Hartigan ...
Grandfather Van Dyne
The Ross Kid (as Junior Coughlan)
Dorothy Hagan ...
Mrs. Ross
Estelle Goulder ...
Jose Devere ...
William Quinn ...
Max Davidson ...
Emma Steele ...
Mrs. Levinsky
Spec O'Donnell ...
Willie (as Walter 'Spec' O'Donnell)


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3 December 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wanted, a Home  »

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1.33 : 1
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In one climactic scene in the film, Santussa (Baby Peggy) escapes from a burning room. According to Diana Serra Cary, who describes the shoot in her autobiography, Santussa's on-screen panic was real. When the scene was filmed, all of the windows and doors to the room set were accidentally ignited, including the one that was to have been her escape route. Without a safe exit, and without guidance from the director and her father on the other side of the camera, the 3-1/2-year-old was forced to carefully climb over a burning windowsill to leave the set. See more »


When the crowd of gangsters flood into the entrance level of the hotel at the end of the film, one of the "columns" is knocked over, and topples easily, revealing it not to be connected to the interior structure of the building. See more »


Santussa: Oo-oof!
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Featured in Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films (2011) See more »

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Brown-Eyed Girl
13 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Adorable five-year-old Italian orphan "Baby" Peggy Montgomery (as Santussa) sails to America to live with her grandfather, but "The Darling of New York" innocently becomes involved with the city's seedy underworld. Universal gave their short star a bigger budget for this successful feature, which is unfortunately lost. The climactic fire scene has been preserved, however. We pick up the action with little "Santussa" being cared for by kind-hearted Gladys Brockwell (as "Light-Fingered" Kitty). Police raid her gang's hideout and a fire breaks out. This exciting sequence can be found on Flicker Alley's "Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films" (2011) and has been shown on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In one of that complication's highlights, surviving child star Diana Serra Cary aka "Baby Peggy" recalls how the fire blazed out of control. At age 93, she's still a darling.

***** The Darling of New York (12/3/23) King Baggot ~ "Baby" Peggy Montgomery, Gladys Brockwell, Carl Stockdale, Pat Hartigan

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