We are thrilled to welcome renowned silent film harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry for her Hippodrome debut to perform her accompaniment to the first screen adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic. Barrie himself officially sanctioned the film and personally chose the 17-year-old unknown, Betty Bronson, in the role of Peter, over other hopefuls including Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford. Bronson is perfect as the puckish petulant Pan, whilst Edinburgh-born Ernest Torrence is suitably foppish and villainous as Captain Hook. Look out too for a young Anna May Wong in a cameo appearance as Tiger Lily! Cap it all with charming special effects and camerawork by Oscar winning cinematographer James Wong Howe and this is a magical film for all the family.
Dir. Herbert Brenon / US / 1924 / 1h 42m + short / b&w & tinted / Recommended U
With: Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, George Ali|
Performing Live: Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
Screening material courtesy of Kino Lorber Inc.