Peg of the Pirates (1918)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |  
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Perhaps to avoid on-set confusion, pretty Peggy Hyland was cast as the "Peg" in Peg of the Pirates. Betrothed to a man she does not love, Peg sets sail to the West Indies, only to fall into the clutches of pirates. Successfully fending off the advances of the lustful pirate chieftain, Peg ends up marooned on a desert island. Assumed to be dead, our heroine "spooks" the superstitious buccaneers for several reels then wins their hearts by teaching them how to read and write. And so it goes until Peg's seafaring sweetheart finally catches up to her. The film suffered from an indecisive point of view: Apparently, the producers set out to make a "straight" swashbuckler, but ended up with a comedy instead.