starring Baby Peggy and Hobart Bosworth
August 2, 1924
"Children should be seen and not heard" is true,
perhaps, but they should not be seen too much. In other words,
the child has yet to be born who could hold the interest of the
spectators through the showing of a six-reel picture.
Baby Peggy is and always will be our favorite child actress. She is aloof, and she has the same sort of smile which has baffled everyone who gazes on the Mona Lisa. But - and here comes the sad part of it - Baby Peggy is not nearly so interesting in "Captain January," her first six-reel picture, as she was in her two-reel comedies.
Captain January is one of those angel children, second only to Elsie Dinsmore in perfection, and Baby Peggy is a comedienne of the first water. So, deprived of a chance to shine in her own field, little Miss Montgomery's charms are in a measure wasted.
If you have "a little boy or girl" in your home,
however, do not fail to take her or him to see "Captain January."
You will be repaid by the squeals of delight, even if you are
not enjoying it yourself, and perhaps you will.
The little star is always a joy, and some good acting is contributed by Hobart Bosworth, Irene Rich and Harry Morey. Also, the sea is at its very best in this tale of a lighthouse keeper and his protegé
Edward Cline directed "Captain January" from the famous old story by Laura E. Richards.
It is a picture, however, which has many "moments" - scenes that in themselves are entertaining, funny, pathetic, or what not. It is as an entirety that it palls. But, as we've said - it may not.
Starring Baby Peggy and Hobart Bosworth
MOTION PICTURE CLASSIC
The youngest and smallest brunette on the screen, Baby Peggy, comes bidding for favors in "Captain January" (Principal) -- a picture not much bigger than herself in regard to its plot, but capable of interesting any type of audience thru the tender appeal of the captivating Peg -- and the sentiment which projects her. It's an old story, but one that never grows tiresome. One can't be bored over watching the play of affection between a kindly old man and a little tot -- one can't be bored if the heart is right. So the old lighthouse keeper picks up his little piece of human flotsam and adopts her.
The lighthouse is a picturesque setting -- and the aged keeper is a lovable character. And because Director Eddie Cline has painted him halfway human -- with Hobart Bosworth portraying him to command sympathy, we feel mighty sorry when the child is taken away. But she comes bounding back into his life -- and together they sail the seven seas.
Peggy, under appreciative direction, acts like any normal active six-year old kid. We take off our faded straw to Cline -- and make an additional bow to Peg herself. She is natural -- not a bit precocious -- and acts with a sincerity that should be adopted by many of her adult contemporaries.
It may be an old story -- this "Captain January" -- but it is told with fine restraint, there being no stepping on the sob pedal-- and Peggy makes the little waif so lovable that we take her and the film in the most friendly manner. The children will love it.
For more information, see "Captain January" as our "Feature of the Month"
Return to reviews page