The Skyrocket

The Skyrocket is a 1926 American silent romantic drama film directed by Marshall Neilan, and starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce. The film was based on the 1925 novel of the same name by Adela Rogers St. Johns and scripted by Benjamin Glazer.[1] No prints of The Skyrocket are known to exist and the film is now presumed lost.[2]

The Skyrocket
Film poster
Directed byMarshall Neilan
Written byBenjamin Glazer (adaptation and scenario)
Based onThe Skyrocket
by Adela Rogers St. Johns
StarringPeggy Hopkins Joyce
CinematographyDavid Kesson
Distributed byAssociated Exhibitors
Release date
February 14, 1926
Running time
80 min. (8 reels, 7350 ft.)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Production background

Peggy Hopkins Joyce was a one-time Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who became a media figure in the late 1910s and early 1920s for dating, marrying and divorcing wealthy men, acquiring a sizable collection of expensive jewellery and furs and wearing fashionable clothes.[3] The Skyrocket was Joyce's first full-length feature and was intended as a vehicle to launch her acting career as she was largely known only for her colorful personal life. The film's distributor, Associated Exhibitors, launched a massive publicity campaign to promote the film.[4] While Joyce earned mainly positive reviews for her performance, the film barely earned back its budget in box office returns.[5] She would appear in only one more film, International House (1933), before fading into obscurity.[6]


See also


  1. The Skyrocket at
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Skyrocket
  3. Freudenheim, Milt (June 23, 1957). "The Legend of Peggy Hopkins Joyce: She Collected Men, Chinchilla, Diamonds". The Toledo Blade. p. 2. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  4. Rosenblum, Constance (2000). Gold Digger: The Outrageous Life and Times of Peggy Hopkins Joyce. Metropolitan Books. pp. 148–149. ISBN 0-805-05089-2.
  5. Rosenblum 2000 p.151
  6. Gabler, Neal (2011). Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality. Random House LLC. p. 161. ISBN 0-307-77325-6.

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