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Peppy Polly

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Peppy Polly
Film's promotion in
Moving Picture World, 1919
Directed byElmer Clifton
Written byM. M. Stearns (scenario)
Story byMarjorie Raynale
Produced byNew Art Film
StarringDorothy Gish
CinematographyJohn Leezer
New Art Film Company
Distributed byFamous Players-Lasky /
Paramount Pictures
Release date
April 6, 1919
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Peppy Polly is a lost[1] 1919 American silent drama film directed by Elmer Clifton and starring Dorothy Gish. D. W. Griffith produced, as he did for several of Gish's films.[2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Polly Shannon (Gish) impresses Judge Monroe (Peil) with her "pep" and is recommended for employment to Mrs. Kingsley Benedict (Toncray), member of a committee investigating the Melville reform school for girls. Polly goes along, meets an old friend who is now an inmate, and learns that the conditions are deplorable and that the committee is being deceived. She and Judge Monroe plan for her to commit a theft so that she can be sentenced to Melville to aid in the investigation. Matters are complicated after she becomes an inmate and the judge dies, and she becomes the victim of the cruel matron's persecution. At the asylum she meets a young doctor whom she learns to love and the two manage to bring the truth to light. Polly is released and they are married.



In New Zealand, Peppy Polly was screened as early as January, 1920, in Wellington, where it played concurrently in two different theaters.[5] The following month, it was screened at the Octagon Theatre in Dunedin.[6] It premiered in Whangarei at the Britannia Theatre in July, succeeding the Owen Moore-starring Rolling Stones.[7] The film was screened in Blenheim in late 1920, ending a run at the Princess Theatre on October 12.[8]


  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Peppy Polly
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Peppy Polly
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Peppy Polly at
  4. ^ "Reviews: Peppy Polly". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 8 (18): 39–40. April 26, 1919.
  5. ^ "Best and Most". The Evening Post. Volume XCIX. Issue 5. 6 January 1920. p 2. Retrieved 15 January 2016
  6. ^ Octagon Theatre. Otago Daily Times. Issue 17855. 10 February 1920. p 5. Retrieved 16 January 2016
  7. ^ The Britannia. The Northern Advocate. 18 June 1920. p 2. Retrieved 16 January 2016
  8. ^ Dorothy Gish in "Peppy Polly". The Marlborough Express. Volume LIV. Issue 242. 12 October 1920. p 4. Retrieved 15 January 2016
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