Picture Play Magazine – September 1928
By Aileen St. John Brennon
Latest gossip of comings and goings of screen personalities glimpsed in Manhattan and the rejuvenated Eastern Studios
Lillian Gish Marks Time.
Lillian Gish continues to keep her diminutive person in the playgrounds of Europe, but she has her eye and her mind on her work. We learn that she is deep in the throes of working on a scenario, written for her by Hugo von Hoffmanstal and Max Reinhardt. Upon Joseph Schenck’s recent arrival in Europe, Professor Reinhardt, who will direct Miss Gish’s next production, gave a dinner party for his future star, at Schloss Leopoldskron, whereafter the wizard of Leopoldskron took occasion to settle much of the speculation as to the future plans of himself and Miss Gish.
“I hope to be able to start on the screening of Miss Gish’s picture in Hollywood, in the early part of December,” said the Herr Direktor. “While both Miss Gish and myself would like to make the picture, which is as yet unnamed, on this side of the Atlantic, technical considerations make American production preferable.
“I am going to produce this one American film, to see whether I am competent to remain in the motion picture field. If the experiment is reasonably successful, I shall embark upon production in Germany, with the help, I hope, of my American friends and collaborators.
Mr. Schenck and I are in complete accord as to the necessity for international cooperation in making pictures which should have an international appeal. Both of us want to place the whole on an artistic basis.
“In my opinion, some system of permitting players to talk on the screen, in a manner that will prove satisfactory throughout the world, will be perfected before long. What it will be, and how similar to existing devices, I cannot say at present, but vocal pictures are here to stay.
”I want to emphasize that my present, and possibly my future, film plans do not in any sense mean I shall neglect European theaters in general, and the Salzburg festival in particular.”