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The Darling of New York (1923) Poster

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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.
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The final reel of this film has survived. This reel comes from a 16mm reduction positive produced as part of Universal's "Show-At-Home" series and contains some extensive water damage. It was found in the collection of a 15-year-old in New York and has since been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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A Jewel Production. Unlike most of its competitors, Universal did not own a theater chain and in an effort to market its feature product to independent theater owners, devised a 3-tiered marketing system: Red Feather (low budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream releases) and Jewel (prestige productions). Jewel releases were sold as candidates for special promotions, often commanding higher roadshow ticket prices. Universal would cease this branding system in late 1929.
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According to Baby Peggy, she and Gladys Brockwell did some of their own stunt work during the climactic fire sequence.
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The fire effects were created using kerosene and sawdust.
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