“Orphans of the Storm” – Premiere
The Picturegoer Magazine – May, 1922
They came before the heavy plush curtain hand-in-hand, as dainty pair of pretty sisters as one could find all over U.S.A. And we, whose feelings have been harrowed and harrowed as only D.W. Griffith knows how to harrow them, gave vent once more to our delight, that the two persecuted “Orphans of the Storm” had triumphantly survived their sorrows.
Of course, we had seen them happy at last in the concluding few hundred feet of film, but it seemed to round off maters beautifully to have them step out upon the stage like that – real, living girls who seemed as pleased to meet us as we were to meet them. They wore cute little frocks, both alike, very simple, but very cunning, something like their Empire frocks at the end of the film, and they looked perfectly sweet.
Dorothy, the tomboy Gish, looked shy, very shy. She started away by trying to look at everyone at once, and finished by standing gazing floorwards, whilst Lillian, who is always serene and sure of herself, made a little speech. She spoke about the film we had just seen, and about D.W. Griffith, to whom she gave thanks for her success very prettily, then smiled her wise little smile and was fairly pulled off the stage by Dorothy, whose walk alone was enough to make everybody feel good – humoured.
It was altogether a most successful premiere, and it was as just “one of the crowd” that I found myself near the stage – door afterwards, watching a dense mass of folks, mainly girls, give the Gishes a final send – off. They surrounded the sisters, adoring and commenting on Lillian’s furs and Dorothy’s eyes, and raised a loud cheer as their motor finally bore them away.