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All-of-A-Sudden-Peggy
Director: Walter Edwards (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Feb 1920
Duration (in feet):   4,448
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Marguerite Clark (Peggy O'Mara)  
    Jack Mulhall (Honorable Jimmy Keppel)  
    Lillian Leighton (Mrs. O'Mara)  
    Maggie Fischer (Lady Crackenthrope)  
    Orral Humphrey (Anthony, Lord Crackenthorpe)  
    Sylvia Jocelyn (Millicent Keppel)  
    Eddie Sutherland (Jack Menzies)  
    Tom Ricketts (Major Archie Phipps)  
    Virginia Foltz (Mrs. Colquhoun)  

Summary: When Anthony, Lord Crackenthorpe, an English entomologist, invites Mrs. O'Mara, the widow of an Irish zoology professor, and her daughter Peggy to live on his estate while they collaborate on a study of the spider, he incurs the consternation of his mother, Lady Crackenthorpe. Fearing that Anthony will become infatuated with Peggy, the snobbish Lady Crackenthorpe persuades Jimmy Keppel to court the young woman, unaware that Anthony is already in love with Mrs. O'Mara. Oblivious to Jimmy's advances, Peggy spends her time writing plays. Upon learning that Anthony and her mother will not wed until she herself has married, Peggy leaves home on the pretense of eloping with Jimmy. She arrives in the city, where her purse is stolen. Penniless, Peggy spends the night in Jimmy's empty apartment. The next morning, Jimmy enters his flat and is amazed to find Peggy and is further surprised to read the announcement of their marriage in the newspaper. Soon after, Lady Crackenthorpe arrives furious; the news that the marriage never took place fails to assuage her anger, but Peggy saves the day by deciding that she really loves Jimmy and will marry him "all of a sudden." 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures  
Director: Walter Edwards (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Edith Kennedy (Scen)
Photography: William Marshall (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play All-of-a-Sudden-Peggy by Ernest Denny (London, 27 Feb 1906).
Authors: Ernest Denny

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 5/11/1919 dd/mm/yyyy LP14414

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Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Entomologists and entomonolgy
  Snobs and snobbishness
 
Subjects (Minor): English
  Irish
  Nobility
  Widows

Note: An American production of the play opened in New York on 11 Feb 1907. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   14 Feb 20   p. 1105.
MPN   14 Feb 20   p. 1674.
MPW   14 Feb 20   pp. 1114-15.
New York Morning Telegraph   13 Mar 20   p. 1838.

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