Peggy Leads The Way

A print of "Peggy Leads The Way" exists at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. See notes below.

Mary Miles Minter As She Appeared In Peggy Leads The Way

U.S.A. Release: October 29, 1917

Produced by: American Film Corporation
Distributed by: Mutual Film Corporation
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham
Written By: Written by Charles T. Dazey and Frank Mitchell Dazey

Black & White
Five Reels
Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format

Mary Miles Minter as Peggy Manners
Andrew Arbuckle as H.E. Manners
Carl Stockdale as Roland Gardiner
Allan Forrest as Clyde Gardiner
Emma Kluge as Mrs. Greenwood
Margaret Shelby as Maude Greenwood
George Ahearn as Tim Martin
Frank Thompson as Bob Huckins
William Spencer as Pop Hicks
Mabel Taliaferro

Peggy Manners, played by Mary Miles Minter, is the daughter of a California store proprietor who returns from her schooling in the East to discover that her father's business has been struggling. Peggy promptly starts managing the business, helping to turn things around.

Enter Clyde Gardiner, the son of a cranky millionaire who has been staying with his family at a nearby estate. Of course, Mr. Gardiner has no use for Peggy and disapproves of his son's interest in her. The old man is taken in by her charms, however, after he is forced to patronize her father's business after a storm has destroyed all his provisions. She intentionally overcharges in retaliation for his poor treatment of her, and it becomes an ice-breaker for the stubborn man. He finally agrees that Peggy and Clyde should marry.

* A print of Peggy Leads The Way was first found at the Dutch Filmmuseum in the 1990's. They sold it to the American Film Institute. Our most recent information is that the archived, restored print, is currently held at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and was shown at Cinecon 41 in September, 2005.

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