HIS DOUBLE LIFE - 1934 - ROLAND YOUNG - DVD
Lillian Gish and her sister Dorothy were born in Springfield, Ohio a few years before the beginning of the twentieth century. It was their great good fortune to have a father who was rarely at home and rarely sober. Because of their father’s absence, they needed to get jobs and earn money from a very young age. They both became accomplished stage actors, and when Lillian was nineteen years old, in 1912, she was offered a part in a story that was being put onto motion picture film in one of the first motion picture stories.
Lillian and Dorothy had so much personality and acting talent just oozing from their beings that their acting success would have been huge even without the invention of motion pictures, but riding the wave of this new technology catapulted them to world-wide fame. When talking pictures began to be made around 1930, while other silent actors faded into forgetfulness because their voices didn’t match their persona, Lillian became even more famous and in demand. Her motion picture career that began in 1912 didn’t end until an appearance in a 1987 movie. Lillian Gish passed in 1993, only a few months short of turning one hundred years old. If you want to see more of her, click on her name in the list of cast members and you will be magically transported to a list of her movies that are on the web site, just waiting for you to discover.
In this romantic comedy, she is Alice Chalice, a single girl living on the income from stock in a British beer company. The fates will bring her into contact with Roland Young, who plays the part of a wealthy but very timid oil painter. Watch for the scene where Mother Leek and her two clergymen sons visit their home, and take note of her acting, . . . . her words, her body language, her timing, her delivery. It is amazing, compared to most 1933 acting. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Director: Arthur Hopkins
Stars: Roland Young, Lillian Gish, Montagu Love
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