Comedy. Adapted by Larry Randolph. From the play by J. Hartley Manners.
Cast: 5m., 3w., 2 dogs. Peg O'Connell doesn't know what she's getting into when, fresh off the boat from America with just a parcel of clothes and her mongrel dog, she arrives at the English estate of her rich and not altogether gracious relatives. They are even less gracious than usual this day because things are in a bit of a mess: the bank in which they kept all their money has folded and all their money with it. The head of the manor, Mrs. Chichester, abhors the stigma of being poor and being forced to live with relatives she can't stand and who can't stand her. The grown and spoiled daughter of the family is contemplating running away with a married man to escape a life of poverty. The grown, idle and irritating son is faced with a job for the first time in his life, but he can't do anything! Their only financial hope is to take in Peg according to the wishes of a late and disliked relative and give her a "proper" education and social upbringing. Not an easy task, they fear. Confronted with Peg's Irish down-to-earth forthrightness, her demand to be called Peg not Margaret, her refusal to give up her beloved dog, and her strong ideas about social class morality, it soon becomes obvious who is going to educate whom! There is also love in the air when Peg meets a charming neighbor with secrets. This sparkling adaptation of the 1912 American classic retains all the wit, humor, romance and period charm of the original but keeps the action flowing and the pace brisk. Peg o' My Heart will steal your heart! One int. set. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.