Peter Pan [DVD] [1924]

Herbert Brenon's 1924 silent rendition of Peter Pan gets a superb DVD release from Kino Video. The transfer is a standard full-frame 1.33:1 picture (as it should be for any film produced before 1955), and it has been created from 35 mm archive elements. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. An orchestral score by Philip C. Roth is included, as is an essay by film historian Frederick C. Szebin. Photo galleries, production stills, promotional materials, and memories from actress Esther Ralston round out this engaging disc that will appeal to film historians as well as silent film aficionados.
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Special Features

  • New transfer from 35mm archive elements
  • Orchestral score by Phillip C. Carli
  • Essay by film historian Frederick C. Szebin
  • Photo gallery of production stills and promotional material
  • Reminiscences by actress Esther Ralston


Peter Pan
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. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Betty Bronson
    Betty Bronson - Peter Pan
  • Ernest Torrence
    Ernest Torrence - Capt. Hook
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    Cyril Chadwick - Mr. Darling
  • Virginia Brown Faire
    Virginia Brown Faire - Tinker Bell
  • Anna May Wong
    Anna May Wong - Tiger Lily
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