Oscilloscope Laboratories has tabbed Nov. 5 as the DVD release date for Milestone Film & Video production of documentary filmmaker Vera Iwerebor’s Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room.
The story of Peggy-Jean Montgomery’s (aka: Baby Peggy) film career is something of a horror story. The star of over 150 short and feature films, you would have expected her to be rich and famous … instead, by 11 years of age she was broke, her family had mismanaged her fortune (stock market crash of 1929 added to it) and she was virtually out of the business as a teenager.
Blacklisted, ridiculed and burned out, Baby Peggy seemed destined for a sad ending, but she overcame it all to become a successful publisher and writer (as Diana Serra Cary) and a major advocate for laws related to children working in the entertainment industry. Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room is that story ... a story of both failure and success; a fascinating look at “Hollywood.”
Bonus features include the 1924 silent film, Captain January (opposite Hobart Bosworth and Irene Rich), and three of her surviving silent short films (most were lost to a 1926 studio fire) — Baby Peggy: Carmen, Jr. (1923), Peg O’ the Mounted (1924) and Such is Life (1924).
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