Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp

Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp is a lost[1] 1917 American drama film directed by Tod Browning.[2]

Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp
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Directed byTod Browning
Produced byB. A. Rolfe
Written byKatharine Kavanaugh
StarringMabel Taliaferro
Thomas Carrigan
CinematographyJohn M. Bauman
Edited byBen Weiss
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 1917 (1917-07-02)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine review,[3] Neil Dacey (Carrigan) loves Peggy Desmond (Taliaferro). Terence O'Malley (Sack), nephew of Squire O'Malley (Ryan), is anxious to win Peggy. Terence and his uncle have a quarrel because Terence cannot win Peggy, and the squire is killed. Terence does the killing with Neil's gun, so Neil is held for the murder. Peggy, to save her fiance, dresses as the will-o'-the-wisp, and this results in a confession by Terence.


  • Mabel Taliaferro as Peggy Desmond
  • Thomas Carrigan as Captain Neil Dacey (as Thomas J. Carrigan)
  • William J. Gross as Anthony Desmond (as W.J. Gross)
  • Sam Ryan as Squire O'Malley (as Sam J. Ryan)
  • Nathaniel Sack as Terence O'Malley (as Nathan Sack)
  • Thomas O'Malley as Shamus Donnelly (as Thomas F. O'Malley)
  • Florence Ashbrooke as Sarah
  • Clara Blandick as Mrs. Donnelly
  • John J. Williams as Muldoon (as J.J. Williams)


  1. "Peggy, The Will O' The Wisp". October 28, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp". Silent Era. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
  3. "Reviews: Mabel Taliaferro in Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (5): 26–27. July 28, 1917. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
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