“The White Sister” — Inspiration – Entire film

Lillian Gish, away from the guiding hand of Griffith, proves to be as moving as ever. In an emotional race with Vesuvius in eruption she captures all the honors. In her support she has a tragic but uplifting story, real Italian scenery, and a charming new leading man named Ronald Colman.
This is heavy drama, and it lias what you call an unhappy ending, but if you are a showman you can cash in in a big way, clean up some real money, and thoroughly satisfy your cash contributors.
They don’t try to plant comedy relief in this, and they don’t slap you in the face with the fact that all of the scenes were shot in Italy. From start to finish director Henry King sticks to his knitting. He starts to tell a dramatic story that has some good emotional high spots, and he tells it effectively, in front of a beautiful background that is really Italy.
Lillian Gish is your big box office bet with this one.
There is a lyric quality to Lillian Gish’s acting in “The White Sister” (Inspiration) which has never been recognized before. In that respect Henry King who directed this tragic story of broken romance has brought forward a talent which Griffith neglected in order to create an emotional outburst, of pent-up floods of passions and fear. As the frail, tender misguided child of fate, Miss Gish makes poignant appeal. It is heart-rending to see this tormented soul taking her separation from her lover with such courage and when learning of his death, turning her back on the world and finding peace and sanctuary in the Church.

The Cast:

  • Angela Chiaromonte ……………….. Lillian Gish
  • Capt. Giovanni Severi ….….…. Ronald Colman
  • Marchesa di Mola ………………….….. Gail Kane
  • Monsignor Saracinesca ……. J. Barney Sherry
  • Prince Chiaromonte ………………. Charles Lane
  • Madame Bernard ……..….. Juliette La Violette
  • Prof. Ugo Severi ……………………… Sig. Serena
  • Filmore Durand ……………….. Alfredo Bertone
  • Count del Ferice …………..…….. Ramon Ibanez
  • Alfredo del Ferice ……….… Alfredo Martinelli
  • Mother Superior ……………………. Carloni Talli
  • General Mazzini ………….….. Giovanni Viccola
  • Alfredo’s Tutor …………………… Antonio Barda
  • Solicitor to the Prince …….. Giacomo D’Attino
  • Solicitor to the Count ….….….. Michele Gualdi
  • Archbishop ………………..……. Giuseppe Pavoni
  • Professor Torricelli ……….. Francesco Socinus
  • Bedouin Chef ……………………. Sheik Mahomet
  • Lieutenant Rossini ………………….. James Abbe
  • Commander Donato …..…. Duncan Mansfield
The White Sister – Inspiration Pictures – Lillian Gish, Ronald Colman, Gail Kane, J. Barney Sherry

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