Peter Pan (1924)

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When Paramount bought the rights to the delightful James M. Barrie story, every actress in Hollywood wanted the role of Peter Pan, made famous on the stage by Maude Adams. Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and even Gloria Swanson thought they were perfect for the role, but Barrie's own choice was Betty Bronson, a virtual unknown. The story is familiar to nearly everyone. When Mr. and Mrs. Darling (Cyril Chadwick and Esther Ralston) go to a party, they leave their children -- Wendy (Mary Brian), Michael (Philippe de Lacey), and John (Jack Murphy) -- in the care of their dog, Nana. But Peter (Bronson) shows up with the fairy, Tinker Bell (Virginia Brown Faire), and they take the children to Never Never Land. They have a series of adventures with the Lost Boys and defeat Captain Hook (Ernest Torrence) and his band of pirates. Finally, the children return home to Mrs. Darling, who is overjoyed to have them back. She adopts the Lost Boys and offers to take Peter in too, but he refuses to grow up and flies away after promising to visit Wendy every year. An interesting side note -- although she had no involvement in casting Brian as Wendy, Ralston had discovered her a couple of years earlier while judging a beauty contest.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Betty Bronson
as Peter Pan
Ernest Torrence
as Capt. Hook
Mary Brian
as Wendy Darling
Jack Murphy
as John Darling
Philippe De Lacy
as Michael Darling
Virginia Faire Brown
as Tinker Bell
Esther Ralston
as Mrs. Darling
George Ali
as Nano the Dog
Cyril Chadwick
as Mr. Darling
Anna May Wong
as Tiger Lily
Maurice Murphy
as Tootles
Mickey McBan
as Slightly
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Critic Reviews for Peter Pan

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

One of the loveliest movies for and about children ever made.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Again and again the silence of the audience was snapped by the ringing laugh of a single boy which was quickly followed by an outburst from dozens of others, some of whom shook in their seats in sheer Joy at what they saw upon the screen.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the greatest children's film ever made.

Full Review… | February 25, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A lost treasure of the silent era starring Betty Bronson.

February 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

No excerpt available.

July 24, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

No excerpt available.

June 9, 2005
Boulder Weekly

Audience Reviews for Peter Pan

½

Anyone else think it's weird when they have a girl play Peter? And the guy in the dog costume, what was up with that? I know, I know it's a fantasy story, but I thought when they were at home it was supposed to be the real world, maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, this movie will surely entertain young audiences, it's fun and has a nice ending. Overall it's enjoyable, I just felt it could have been a little better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

First, let me say that seeing this as it was meant to be seen, with live music accompaniment, was AMAZING! Even with a few DVD glitches, having the live reaction of the organist and percussionist adds so much to the entertainment value. This is probably closest to what you would have seen at an original stage performance because Barrie was somewhat involved in this production. But yet, this film is definitely not just a static recording of a stage play. That Nana, the dog, has some attitude! All the acting is done very well for a silent. I was less than impressed with Captain Hook though as he seemed to fill more of a comedic role than a villian role. And it's a little awkward when, since this is a British story, Hollywood throws some American patriotism in. I don't really understand this since it wasn't even made in a year when one of the world wars was being fought?!

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

I first saw this film on the big screen being accompanied by a live symphony with Mary Brian (Wendy) in the audience. Words can't express the magic and emotion that it envoked. This is still one of the best tellings of Barrie's story. For its day, the costumes, art direction, and effects were amazing!

Steve H
Steve H

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