One Romantic Night

One Romantic Night

Director: George Fitzmaurice, Paul Stein

Cast: George Fitzmaurice, Paul Stein, Lillian Gish, Conrad Nagel

     
 

The second of three versions of the Ferenc Molnar play The Swan, One Romantic Night represented the talkie debut of the great Lillian Gish. The star plays Alexandra, a mittel-European princess who falls in love with Dr. Hafler (Conrad Nagel), her brother's tutor. Alas, affairs of state demand that Alexandra marry Prince Albert (Rod La Rocque), whom sheSee more details below

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The second of three versions of the Ferenc Molnar play The Swan, One Romantic Night represented the talkie debut of the great Lillian Gish. The star plays Alexandra, a mittel-European princess who falls in love with Dr. Hafler (Conrad Nagel), her brother's tutor. Alas, affairs of state demand that Alexandra marry Prince Albert (Rod La Rocque), whom she does not love despite his graciousness and affability. Our heroine's problem is twofold: she must let Dr. Hafler down gently -- then she must do the same for herself. Though about ten years too old for her role, Lillian Gish is as serenely regal as ever and does a nice job of modulating her stage-trained voice (which under normal circumstances was capable of reaching the last row of the balcony) for the more intimate demands of the microphone. For the record, the original Broadway production of The Swan starred Eva Le Galleine; the 1925 film version starred Frances Howard, while the 1956 remake top-billed Grace Kelly, who of course eventually became a real-life princess.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0883316270578
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
48,891

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lillian Gish Alexandra
Conrad Nagel Dr. Nicholas Haller
Marie Dressler Princess Beatrice
O.P. Heggie Father Benedict
Albert Conti Count Lutzen
Edgar Norton Col. Wunderlich
Philippe DeLacy George
Byron Sage Arsene
Barbara Leonard Mitzi
Rod La Rocque Prince Albert
Belle Bennett Actor

Technical Credits
George Fitzmaurice Director
Paul Stein Director,Producer
Melville Baker Screenwriter
John W. Considine Producer
Park French Set Decoration/Design
William Cameron Menzies Set Decoration/Design
James Smith Editor
Karl Struss Cinematographer

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