Peg o' My Heart (1922 film)

Peg o' My Heart is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Laurette Taylor. It is based on the 1912 play written by Taylor's husband J. Hartley Manners. The play starred Laurette Taylor and famously ran a record number of performances on Broadway. Six reels of the original eight reels survive at the Library of Congress.[1]

Peg o' My Heart
Film poster
Directed byKing Vidor
Written byJ. Hartley Manners
Mary O'Hara
StarringLaurette Taylor
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • December 18, 1922 (1922-12-18)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Proposed Paramount film

In 1919 Famous Players-Lasky filmed a version of the play and it starred newcomer Wanda Hawley. However, because of legal issues with Laurette Taylor and her husband J. Hartley Manners -- ultimately decided in the United States Supreme Court case Manners v. Morosco -- the film was never released.[2]


As described in a film publication,[3] Margaret "Peg" O'Connell (Taylor), according to her uncle's will, is to be educated in England under the supervision of her aunt, Mrs. Chichester (Lewis). Upon her arrival from Ireland, she is looked down upon by the Chichester household for her lack of culture, and she vows never to become a lady. She meets Jerry, a young man from a neighboring estate, who becomes her friend. Then she discovers that he is Sir Gerald Adair (Hamilton) and rebels at the deception he has been conducting. She also finds out that the only reason her aunt is keeping her is because of compensation from the will. Peg leaves to return home, but finds that she is in love with Gerald. Gerald follows her and proposes.


Preservation status

  • Copies exist at Cinematheque Royale de Belgique Brussels, Museum of Modern Art New York, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal and Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid.[4][5]


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Peg o' My Heart". Silent Era. Retrieved March 8, 2008.
  2. Blum, Daniel (c. 1953), Pictorial History of the Silent Film, p. 238.
  3. Pardy, George T., ed. (December 23, 1922). "Illustrated Screen Report: Peg o' My Heart". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (4): 215. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  4. "Peg O' My Heart". October 29, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  5. Peg O'My Heart at; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine)..Retrieved July 21, 2018
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