Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2012)




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Hollywood discovered Peggy-Jean Montgomery when she was 19 months old and made her a star by the age of two. By the time she was six, she had made more than 150 popular shorts and a star of feature films. In fact, she was one of the most popular stars in Hollywood with a line of Baby Peggy products sold in stores around the world. By the age of 11, however, she was a has-been, forced to work eight shows a day in Vaudeville. And soon, like rival silent film star Jackie Coogan, she was broke, her money squandered by her family. Over the course of the next six decades she reinvented herself as Diana Serra Cary, a respected film historian and advocate for laws protecting child performers. With narration co-written by Cary, Vera Iwerebor's documentary combines rare clips from Baby Peggy's films - most of which were lost when her first studio, Century, burned in 1926 - with a personal glimpse of a woman who lost her childhood to the movies. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room

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Excellent documentary on the silent film child star.

December 13, 2013
Film Threat

This documentary is as much a thank-you as a lament.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
The Dissolve

Potty training is enough of a responsibility for most toddlers. Just imagine the burden when you're also your family's sole bread-winner.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Before Daniel Radcliffe, there was Baby Peggy

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Movie Habit

The well-crafted no frills and no-nonsense documentary is most of all a moving experience.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sweet and engaging documentary about perhaps the last surviving silent-era actor.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
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