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The Darling of New York (1923)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Baby Peggy ... Santussa (as Baby Peggy Montgomery)
Sheldon Lewis ... Giovanni
Gladys Brockwell ... Ligh Fingered Kitty
Pat Hartigan Pat Hartigan ... Big Mike
Frank Currier ... Grandfather Van Dyne
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... The Ross Kid (as Junior Coughlan)
Dorothy Hagan Dorothy Hagan ... Mrs. Ross
Estelle Goulder Estelle Goulder ... Governess
Carl Stockdale ... Soulful Sid
William H. Turner ... Close, the Master Mind
Jose Devere Jose Devere ... Florrie
William Quinn ... Ice Malone
Max Davidson ... Solomon Levinsky
Emma Steele Emma Steele ... Mrs. Levinsky
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Willie (as Walter 'Spec' O'Donnell)


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Release Date:

3 December 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted, a Home See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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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. 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 wes-connorsSee 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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