|Peg of Old Drury|
|Directed by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Produced by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Screenplay by||Miles Malleson|
|Based on||the play Masks and Faces by Charles Reade and Tom Taylor|
|Starring|| Anna Neagle |
|Edited by||Merrill G. White|
Herbert Wilcox Productions for British & Dominions Film Corporation
|Distributed by||United Artists Corporation (UK)|
|28 August 1935 (London) (UK)|
Peg of Old Drury is a 1935 British historical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke and Margaretta Scott.The film is a biopic of eighteenth-century Irish actress Peg Woffington. It was based on the play Masks and Faces by Charles Reade and Tom Taylor. It contains passages of eighteenth century Shakespearian performance, from The Merchant of Venice , Richard III and As You Like It .
The film was voted the third best British movie of 1936.Wilcox said the film "was enormously successful both here and in the States, artistically as well as at the box office."
The film is a very affectionate look at the life of Peg, and her relationship with David Garrick. It is a lavish costume drama and recreates a Hogarth-type atmosphere of contemporary London in the mid 18th century. It is laced with snippets of legendary history such as Lord Sandwich's invention of the sandwich. Peg is generally more popular with the men than with the women, particularly her fellow female actors. The films implies that Peg dies on stage at the end of the film.
The New York Times wrote, "with superb acting, photography that is effective and unusual, yet not bizarre, and direction that is gentleness and good taste itself, Peg of Old Drury is one of the finest cinema production ever to come out of England, or of anywhere else, for that matter";while TV Guide wrote, "Neagle and Hardwicke give impressive performances, and the excerpts from Shakespeare and Jonson are flawlessly mounted. Much of the film's power derives from the screenplay by actor Malleson in his first screenwriting assignment." Graham Greene, writing for The Spectator , gave a more mixed review suggesting that there is "no historical truth to be found anywhere in the deft, neat tale". Greene remarked on the attractiveness of Neagle and found that the film was "very pretty", but concluded that "prettiness is a quality one wants, if at all, in small quantities".
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