Peacock Alley (1922 film)

Peacock Alley is a 1922 American silent drama film starring Monte Blue and Mae Murray. The film was directed by Murray's husband at the time, Robert Z. Leonard.[1] An incomplete print survives at the Library of Congress.[2]

Peacock Alley
Poster
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byRobert Z. Leonard
Written byEdmund Goulding
Robert Z. Leonard
Fanny Hatton (titles)
Frederic Hatton (titles)
Story byOuida Bergère
StarringMae Murray
Monte Blue
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Production
company
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • January 23, 1922 (1922-01-23)
Running time
80 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Plot

As described in a film magazine,[3] the board of directors for the main manufacturing company in the American village of Harmonville send young Elmer Harmon (Blue) to Paris to obtain a contract with the French government. In Paris Elmer meets the dancer Cleo of Paris (Murray), who casts aside her rich, would-be sweethearts and falls in love with him. When his business affairs appear hopeless, she helps him secure his contract, and the couple are married and return to Harmonville. A gala is given in Elmer's honor for having saved the village's prosperity, and citizens are shocked by Cleo's Parisian fashion. Elmer sells his interests and the couple move to New York City. To give Cleo the luxuries to which she is accustomed, Elmer in a moment of weakness forges his uncle's name and is arrested. Endeavoring to get Elmer out of trouble, Cleo returns to the stage, but in so doing she breaks a promise made to her husband. Elmer is released from jail after promising his uncle to have nothing more to do with Cleo, but then immediately tries to look her up. He finds her in what appears to be a compromising but innocent situation and decides the bad things that have been said about Cleo are true. He returns to Harmonville and the heartbroken Cleo returns to France and seeks seclusion in Normandy. Three years later Elmer finds Cleo there along with her little son who is named for him. They have a reconciliation.

Cast

  • Mae Murray as Cleo of Paris
  • Monte Blue as Elmer Harmon
  • Edmund Lowe as Phil Garrison
  • William J. Ferguson as Alex Smith (credited as W.J. Ferguson)
  • Anders Randolf as Hugo Fenton (credited as Anders Randolph)
  • William H. Tooker as Joseph Carleton (credited as William Tooker)
  • Howard Lang as Abner Harmon
  • William Frederic as Mayor of Harmontown
  • M. Durant as Monsieur Dubois
  • Jeffreys Lewis as Toto
  • Napoleon the Dog as Napoleon

Reception

The film was one of Murray's most successful films, and one of the biggest hits of 1922. The film was so successful it was the only silent film of Murray's that she remade as the "talkie" Peacock Alley, though major changes were made to the plot.

References

  1. Ankerich, Michael G. (2012). Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips. University Press of Kentucky. p. 329. ISBN 0-813-14038-2.
  2. Greta, De Groat,; Groat, Greta de (30 November 2000). "Mae Murray". Stanford.edu. Retrieved 29 October 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. "Reviews: Peacock Alley". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (22): 50. November 26, 1921.
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