Peggy Leads the Way

Peggy Leads the Way is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Lloyd Ingraham. It stars Mary Miles Minter, Andrew Arbuckle, Carl Stockdale, Allan Forrest, Emma Kluge, and Margaret Shelby, who is Minter's older sister.

Peggy Leads the Way
Advertisement with Mary Miles Minter and Allan Forrest
Directed byLloyd Ingraham
Written byCharles T. Dazey
Frank Mitchell Dazey
Elizabeth Mahoney (uncredited)
StarringMary Miles Minter
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • October 29, 1917 (1917-10-29) (U.S.)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[1] Peggy (Minter) gives her father (Arbuckle) a surprise visit and after the lavish style he has maintained her in at boarding school, she is amazed to find the business he runs in such a dilapidated condition. She starts a new system of doing things and soon the grocery store starts making a profit. Clyde (Forrest), son of the ruthless and wealthy landowner Roland Gardiner (Stockdale), meets Peggy and falls in love with her. His father disapproves of her and insists that the son marry Maude Greenwood (Shelby). A storm plays havoc with the Gardiner mountain home, leaving them without food or supplies, and Maude and her mother depart in anger. Roland Gardiner seeks refuge in the little grocery store, and after Peggy takes advantage and provides some provisions at outrageously inflated prices, comes to the conclusion that she is the right girl for his son after all.


Survival status

A copy of the film was first found at the Dutch Filmmuseum. It was sold to the American Film Institute in 1991 and is held at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[2][3]


  1. "Reviews: Peggy Leads the Way". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (21): 25. November 17, 1917.
  2. "Lost Films". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. "Peggy Leads The Way". 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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