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Remodeling Her Husband

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Remodeling Her Husband is a 1920 American silent comedy film that marked the only time Lillian Gish directed a film

D W Griffith is stated in some sources as co-director or perhaps had limited input as the production was filmed at his Mamaroneck, New York production facilities Lillian Gish wrote the story and scenario incognito as Dorothy Elizabeth Carter with Algonquin Round Table writer Dorothy Parker supplying the intertitles Thus the movie was nearly an all-woman produced movie with the exception of the cameraman

The film stars Lillian's sister Dorothy Gish and Dorothy's husband at the time James Rennie George W Hill, who is the cinematographer, would later go on to direct classic films at MGM like Tell It to the Marines 1926 and The Big House 1930


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Review
  • 4 Preservation status
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


As described in film publications,23 Janie Gish gets married with the goal of reforming her husband Jack Rennie, but he still has the eyes for other women He promises to reform, but says he is ashamed because she lacks the style of a flapper All goes well until he meets a pretty woman with a heavy suitcase He helps her into a taxi cab and takes her home Janie sees him as she rides by on a bus That affair gets him into wrong, but he manages to square it with his wife Then a good looking manicure girl comes into his life, and again Jack falls Once again Janie is on the job at the psychological moment This time she leaves him in haste and goes home to her mother Janie tries to forget Jack by taking a job in her father's office Jack, who loves her sincerely, is filled with remorse and despair He calls upon her to beg her forgiveness and, since she still loves him, she yields But when he attempts to lay down the law to her, she presses a button on her desk and he finds himself being escorted from the office He threatens suicide, and this is too much for Janie She comes back to him and they live together happily


  • Dorothy Gish as Janie Wakefield
  • James Rennie as Jack Valentine
  • Marie Burke as Mrs Wakefield
  • Downing Clarke as Mr Wakefied
  • Frank Kingdon as Mr Valentine
  • Leslie Marsh as Flower Girl
  • Mildred Marsh as Bridesmaid
  • Barden Daube as Flirting Woman


Variety published the following review of the film on December 31, 1919:

This feature will be liked by film fans but not particularly because of the story or the picturization of it, but through the exquisite comedy Dorothy Gish offers The picture seems to be a real Gish family affair, with Dorothy starring and Lillian directing Much is made of the latter in a title leader, which sets forth that this day is one where woman is asserting herself in all the arts, and therefore it is time she undertook the direction of pictures But Lillian does not qualify as a particularly strong directress in this production The story may have had something to do with that It is not a world beater but with the action that Dorothy supplies it gets by with laughs James Rennie, who plays opposite the star, is the only member of the supporting cast who seems to have more than a ‘bit’ to do The others while acceptable fail to show often enough to get a line on them It is a picture that is Dorothy Gish, hook, line and sinker, and it would sink if it weren’t for her4

Preservation statusedit

Remodeling Her Husband is now considered to be a lost film56

See alsoedit

  • List of lost films


  1. ^ a b FOSTER, AUDREY FOSTER 1995 Women Film Directors: An International Bio-critical Dictionary Greenwood Publishing Group p see page 143 ISBN 0313289727 Retrieved March 6, 2015 
  2. ^ "Remodeling Her Husband: Moth-Eaten Story Lifted by Dorothy Gish's Inimitable Humor" Motion Picture News New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc 21 26: 5011 June 19, 1920 Retrieved 2014-06-25 
  3. ^ "Reviews: Remodeling Her Husband" Exhibitors Herald New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company 10 26: 86 June 26, 1920 
  4. ^ "Review: Remodeling Her Husband" Variety December 31, 1919 
  5. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Remodelling Her Husband at silenteracom
  6. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-1920 by The American Film Institute 1988

External linksedit

  • Remodeling Her Husband on Internet Movie Database
  • Remodeling Her Husband at AllMovie
  • Contemporary article pt1, contemporary article pt2, contemporary pt3
  • Lantern slide
  • Two shots of Lillian Gish with directors megaphone: #one,#two

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