1924: Peter Pan



9 Responses

  1. Spanglish In Lesbilandia

    Was always a fan of Peter Pan as well as black & white movies. I believe I read somewhere that this 1924 version was restored but I’m not sure.

    Would love to see stills of the 1940 version of The Blue Bird.

  2. Mark

    Something that’s always bothered me. Why is Peter Pan always portrayed as a woman? Betty Bronson? Mary Martin? Sandy Duncan? Surely they could find a frail-enough looking boy to fit the bill. I’ve never understood that.

    • Mwnci Tal

      It was always a tradition in British pantomime and Christmas theatre that the main male character, or Prinicpal Boy (ie Prince Charming, Peter Pan, etc.), be played by a young woman. The early stage and movie versions of Peter Pan reflect this. In fact, in pantomimes today, the main male characters are still played by women. Don’t know why, just the way it is.

  3. Richard Wills

    My presumption for the use of girls/young women to play boys in pantomime and other historical productions is the voice. The character’s voice has to be ‘sweet’ enough to differentiate from post-pubescent masculine and still powerful enough to be heard without electro-mechanical amplification. That takes training and physical endurance. Also the physical attributes had to look pre-pubescent.

    There has been historical analysis of castrato as being the true soprano voice with the lung capacity of an adult male.

  4. Mike Withers

    Most people wore suits all of the time in those days. There was an old saying in the society of cinematographers “collars around camera”. The cameraman is James Wong Howe a great and influential cinematographer.


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