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Peter Pan
Director: Herbert Brenon (Dir)
Release Date:   29 Dec 1924
Duration (in feet):   9,593
Duration (in reels):   10
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Cast:   Betty Bronson (Peter Pan)  
    Ernest Torrence (Captain Hook)  
    Cyril Chadwick (Mr. Darling)  
    Virginia Brown Faire (Tinker Bell)  
    Anna May Wong (Tiger Lily)  
    Esther Ralston (Mrs. Darling)  
    George Ali (Nana, the dog)  
    Mary Brian (Wendy)  
    Philippe De Lacey (Michael)  
    Jack Murphy (John)  

Summary: Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, is looking for his shadow in the Darling nursery when he awakens the Darling children--Wendy, John, and Michael. Peter tells the children of Never-Never Land, teaches them to fly, and guides them to his forest home, where he is the king of the Little Lost Boys. Tinker Bell, a fairy, becomes jealous of Wendy and persuades one of the boys to shoot her with an arrow. Wendy recovers and is adopted by the boys as their mother. Captain Hook, a notorious pirate whose hand Peter once cut off, kidnaps the children after a fierce fight with Indians who are the children's friends and guardians. Peter, discovering that the children are missing, goes to the pirate ship and frees them. The children fight the pirates and subdue them. Captain Hook is forced to walk the plank. Peter then returns with the Darling children to their nursery. Wendy asks him to stay, but Peter refuses and returns to his home in the woods. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: Herbert Brenon (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Willis Goldbeck (Scr and adpt)
Photography: James Howe (Dir of photog)
Special Effects: Roy Pomeroy (Spec eff)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Peter Pan by James M. Barrie (London, 27 Dec 1904).
Authors: James Matthew Barrie

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 23/12/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP20980

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Fantasy
Subjects (Major): Children
  Family life
  Indians of North America
  Mythical lands

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Exhibitors Trade Review   10 Jan 1925   p. 46.
Film Daily   11 Jan 1925.   
MPW   10 Jan 1925   p. 136.
New York Times   29 Dec 24   p. 11.
Photoplay   Mar 1925   p. 44.
Variety   31 Dec 24   p. 26.

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