Kenneth Turan’s film pick of the week: The return of Baby Peggy


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Few people now living remember the glory days of silent movies, but Diana Serra Cary goes them one better: She was a part of the glory.

As child star Baby Peggy, the now 91-year-old actress made numerous silent features. Also the author of several excellent books, including “The Hollywood Posse” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy,” Cary will be present at the Silent Movie Theater/Cinefamily, at 611 N. Fairfax Ave., on July 7 to introduce one of the six surviving feature-length films she starred in.


More than survive, 1924’s “Captain January,” the story of what happens to a child rescued from a shipwreck, was recently restored to 35mm glory by the Library of Congress.

Be one of the few to experience a piece of film history both on and off the screen. Co-sponsored by the online publication the Silent Treatment. For more information, call (323) 655-2520.

-- Kenneth Turan, Times film critic

Baby Peggy made more than 55 films, including 1924’s “The Law Forbids” (not included in the showing at Silent Movie Theater/Cinefamily). Credit: Times file photo

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