Hollywood, June 2. – (INS)
What a flood of memories will crowd Lillian Gish’s mind when she returns from Europe to play Grace Kelly’s mother in “The Swan.” In 1939 *** Lillian was the star in the M-G-M picture portraying the princess, which now falls with Grace.
Curiously enough there is a resemblance between Grace and Lillian and LILLIAN GISH can very well pass for the Academy Award winner’s “Mom”.
*** Admin note: M-G-M The Swan aka “One Romantic Night” was released in 1930 NOT in 1939. One review was written in Weekly Kinema Guide London Suburban Reviews and Programmes (1931), while Albert Bigelow Paine was writing in his book about “The Swan” – where Lillian Gish played Princess Alexandra, in 1932.
“’With the preparation and all,” Lillian said, “I worked about three months on ‘One Romantic Night,’ as they called the picture later. Mary Pickford has a bungalow on the lot, and lent it to me. I used it as a dressing-room, sometimes I slept there, when I had to be on the lot very early. I had Georgie, my dog, and Josephine. It would have been well enough, but they were building soundstages all about, which made a great deal of noise, all night long. It was a complete little house. Josephine cooked for me when we stayed there.” (Lillian Gish)
Actually, in 1956, was released a “Swan” version inspired by Molnar’s play starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jordan, Jessie Royce Landis and Agnes Moorehead. That film was directed by Charles Vidor, after a screenplay written by John Dighton.