starring Betty Bronson, Mary Brian, Ernest Torrence
Everybody in America should see this picture. It is more than
a tonic, because it not only revives memories of youth, but makes
you youthful. If you are young, you will live and triumph with
Peter Pan in all the glorious episodes that your imagination ever
dreamed. If you are old, you will find yourself young again.
There is so much good to this picture that one is left wondering how it was all done so flawlessly. Sir James Barrie wrote the story, Herbert Brenon directed the picture, and Betty Bronson lived Peter Pan. Mary Brian was the spiritual Wendy. Every other member of the cast is also entitled to praise, from Ernest Torrence down to the tiniest tot in the picture. The performance of each was flawless.
"Peter Pan" proves that all the fairies are not dead. In our childhood we believed in them, in fact, we knew there were fairies. If, in after years, we came at times to doubt their existence, we learned from "Peter Pan" that our doubts were wrong. 'Peter Pan" could not have been produced without fairies to guide it through the beautiful scenes.
The more we think of Betty Bronson, the more we marvel at her perfect performance. Not only the expression in her face but the way she stood and walked, and the grace that she showed every instant caused us to feel that she was truly an ethereal child who never could grow up. And anybody who can do that is, in reality, Peter Pan.
There is another phase of the picture that caused us to marvel, and that was the photography. The beautiful bits done by Virginia Brown Faire as Tinker Bell lent an enchantment that was needed to make the picture perfect.
And that is what it was - a perfect picture of a perfect story, with a perfect cast.
Starring Betty Bronson and Mary Brian
MOTION PICTURE MAGAZINE
Under the spell of the Barriesque charm and the witchery of
Betty Bronson's portrayal of the title role, this picture is destined
to create responsive appeal everywhere. Miss Bronson makes Peter
a figure of boyish abandon. She is a living symbol of he spirit
of eternal youth -- just as Barrie painted the character.
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