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One Romantic Night (1930)

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.


Paul L. Stein


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Cast overview:
Lillian Gish ... Princess Alexandra
Rod La Rocque ... Prince Albert
Conrad Nagel ... Dr. Nicholas Haller
Marie Dressler ... Princess Beatrice
O.P. Heggie ... Father Benedict
Albert Conti Albert Conti ... Count Lutzen
Edgar Norton ... Colonel Wunderlich
Billie Bennett Billie Bennett ... Princess Symphorosa
Philippe De Lacy ... Prince George
Byron Sage ... Prince Arsene
Barbara Leonard ... Mitzi


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.

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Release Date:

3 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Swan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Wednesday 13 July 1949 on WJZ (Channel 7) and in Philadelphia Saturday 31 December 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10). See more »


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Disappointing Early Talkie
12 December 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

One Romantic Night (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Screen legend Lillian Gish made her talkie debut in this rather static (?) comedy about a love triangle. In the film she plays a princess who is promised to a man (Rod La Rocque) but of course she's in love with another (Conrad Nagel). This film was filmed once before in 1925 and again later with Grace Kelly but I haven't seen either of those to make a far comparison. I'm certainly hoping that either one is better than this film because sadly this film is quite poor. I love Gish and always have but this film here is pretty poor from start to finish and even her lovely grace can't save it. In fact, I'd say she's part of the problem because she's way too old (37 at the time) to be playing the part, which is clearly mean for someone in their early twenties, if not younger. Having her squeeze into a role like this is certainly unfair and especially considering this was also her first talkie. Her talking sequences are really bland, which took me by surprise. I thought she would have handled the jump a lot better than she did because she had a lovely voice but it seems she's trying way too hard to push her voice. Just watch her in a number of scenes where she actually looks like she's trying to "push" her voice. She wouldn't make another film for three years and apparently hated making this movie, its director and had an overall negative opinion on the film but after seeing this you could understand why. Both La Rocque and Nagel are rather stiff and bland as well. Supporting players Marie Dressler and O.O. Heggie fair somewhat better but they can't save the film either. The entire film is poorly directed and I'd question whether anyone knew if they were making a comedy or drama because I honestly couldn't tell. Things are that flat from start to finish so there's really no one to recommend this to unless, like myself, you're a Gish fan and want to say you've seen her first talkie.

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