- Press Democrat, Volume 50, Number 24, 2 December 1923
- Another Lost Dream
They’ll Film ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Where Original ‘Lovers’ Loved
NEW YORK, Dec. 2 – Romeo, wherefore are thou” Right here, Lil,” says Richard and then the camera men get in their deadly work. For Lillian “Gish, who almost went to an icy death in Way Down East” and Richard Barthelmess who wore tattered pants and bare feet in Tol’able David” are going to be starred in a screen version of “Romeo and Juliet,” and the main scenes of the film are to be laid in Verona, famous old city in Italy, the original setting of the greatest love story of all. Miss Gish is now in Italy working on another picture, “Romola.” Barthelmess will sail for Italy shortly and will arrive there by the time she is at liberty to start on the new photoplay.
Henry King, the man who directed the filming of Tol’able David will direct the Romeo and Juliet film. To take the roles of the two furious lovers whose romance was brought to a tragic end through the feuds of the Capulets and the Montagues has been the desire of most every big picture star. Maiy Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks have long hankered to play it. Norma Talmadge has almost played it several times. Jane Cowl is another noted star who has consulted the venture. Among the brothers who would like to be Romeo is Jacob Schildkraut, German film star. Theda Bara once played it, as did Beverly Bayne and Francis X Bushman.
Above Photo – Romeo and Juliet” in their street clothes… Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess out for a stroll.
*** Admin note: Press Democrat editor has placed a cropped version of the below photo with Dorothy Gish
“There were plans to do “Romeo and Juliet” with Dick Barthelmess in Italy using the original locations, but, following our announcement, letters from the exhibitors begged reconsideration saying Mr. Shakespeare emptied their theaters. By the time I finally succeeded in appearing in this play at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, I was playing the Nurse.” (Dorothy and Lillian Gish – By Lillian Gish)