Sentimental Tommy

Sentimental Tommy

Directed by John S. Robertson
Produced by Famous Players-Lasky
Written by James M. Barrie (novel and play)
Josephine Lovett (scenario)
Starring Gareth Hughes
May McAvoy
George Fawcett
Mabel Taliaferro
Cinematography Roy Overbaugh
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 29, 1921 (1921-05-29)
Running time
75+ minutes at 8 reels (7,575 ft)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Sentimental Tommy (1921) is an American silent film directed by John S. Robertson which has Mary Astor in one of her earliest roles, although her scenes were deleted before release. The story is based on James M Barrie's novel and play. The film, which made a star of Gareth Hughes, is now considered to be a lost film.[1]


As described in a film publication,[2] Grizel (McAvoy) is the daughter of the Painted Lady (Taliaferro), who believes that her lover will one day return. Grizel is ostracized by the other children of the town. Tommy Sandys (Hughes) and his sister Elspeth (Frost) come to the town. Tommy is friendly, but Elspeth keeps her distance. When the Painted Lady dies, Dr. Gemmell (Greene) makes Grizel his housekeeper.

Time passes and after the doctor dies, Grizel, who is now twenty-one years old, loves Tommy, who is an author in London. Tommy visits the town but cannot decide whether he loves Grizel. Grizel knows that Tommy does not love her, and after he returns to London her unhappiness leads to insanity. Tommy returns and marries Grizel, although he believes that she will hate him when she gets better. After two years under Tommy's care, she regains her sanity. After Tommy lets her know that he cared for her out of his love for her; not for pity, Grizel is happy.


See also


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Sentimental Tommy at
  2. "Sentimental Tommy: Has a Place Among Year's Best Pictures". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (3): 2. Apr 3, 1921. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
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