One Romantic Night (1930)

  |  Comedy, Romance

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A scheming mother wishes to make a succesful match between her daughter and a prince, yet another man, a commoner, may stand in the way.



  • Lillian Gish and Conrad Nagel in One Romantic Night (1930)
  • Lillian Gish and O.P. Heggie in One Romantic Night (1930)
  • Lillian Gish and Rod La Rocque in One Romantic Night (1930)
  • Lillian Gish and Rod La Rocque in One Romantic Night (1930)
  • Lillian Gish in One Romantic Night (1930)
  • Lillian Gish in One Romantic Night (1930)

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14 November 2009 | MartinHafer
| While the script is amazingly similar to the 1956 version, this one just doesn't work
If you've seen the 1956 version of THE SWAN, then this earlier version will very, very familiar as the scripts are so very similar--much more than the average remake. Yet, despite the strong similarity, the 1930 version just didn't work for me.

A major part of the problem was the poor decision to cast Lillian Gish in the lead. While she was always a lovely actress, she was simply way too old for this part. The character is supposed to be a young lady, but Gish is nearing 40 and having her play an eligible young princess is just silly. Also, while I have loved Gish in many other films, in her first sound film she is quite poor--often interrupting or talking over the lines of other actors. Now the director should have noted this and re-filmed a few scenes. However, it also was likely that Gish was just out of her element with sound and this interfered with her timing...and perhaps her confidence. Fortunately, in future sound films she improved tremendously--though she also did very few sound films during the 1930s--choosing instead to work on the stage.

In contrast, Grace Kelly was much younger and elegant and seemed more like a real princess--regardless of what the future would hold for her in Monaco. It also didn't help that Gish had the wimpy and rather effeminate Rod LaRocque as a romantic interest; whereas Kelly had a more handsome and regal Alec Guinness.

Another problem with the 1930 version is that it lacks the elegance and grace of the later version--and a lot of this is because in 1930 they still weren't that adept at using the new medium of sound. Like a typical 1930 film, there was little incidental music and the movie seemed amazingly flat. Just a bit of romantic or dramatic music here or there would have helped.

Overall, it's an interesting idea for a film but the execution left quite a bit to be desired. I would love to find a copy of the first version of the film (1925) but I have no idea where to look.

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3 May 1930



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