Wednesday, July 12
Showtime: 7:30 PM
$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member and children under 12)*
In the story, “Peter Pan,” a free spirited boy who refuses to grow up, enters the Darling’s nursery in search of his shadow. With the help of fairy dust, the boy Peter (Betty Bronson) leads the three Darling children (Wendy, Peter and Michael) to the mythical island known as Neverland. Here they find adventure and meet fairies, mermaids, the Lost Boys and the nefarious Captain Hook (Ernest Torrence). In a struggle to rescue the Lost Boys from Hook’s capture, Peter Pan forces Hook to walk the plank and face his nemesis, the crocodile. Despite Peter’s disapproval, Wendy and the boys return to the Darling home, where Mrs. Darling offers to adopt him, but he refuses. Peter asks Wendy to return to Neverland with him, and it is agreed that Wendy will go back once a year to help Peter with his spring cleaning.
This memorable adaptation — which in turn inspired later film versions of the story — features, remarkable special effects, and fine photography for 1924. Ingeniously capturing the mysteries and adventures of childhood, James M. Barrie’s timeless play became one of the most popular films of the twenties. Virtually unseen for decades, Paramount Studios’ 1924 production of “Peter Pan” has been fully restored from original nitrate materials, with authentic color tints, and will feature a new score written and performed live by the Mont- Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
Paramount spent nine months looking for an actress to star as Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie‘s contract for the rights gave him star approval, and Paramount was unable to find an actress whom Barrie approved until they tested the then-unknown Betty Bronson.
Running time: 102 minutes
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