Remodeling Her Husband

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Remodeling Her Husband
Directed by Lillian Gish
Written by Lillian Gish (story and scenario, as Dorothy Elizabeth Carter)
Dorothy Parker (intertitles)
Starring Dorothy Gish
James Rennie
Cinematography George W. Hill
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 13, 1920 (1920-06-13)
Running time 5 reels (4,844 feet)
Country United States
Language Silent
(English intertitles)

Remodeling Her Husband (1920) is a silent film comedy 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 Long Island, New York production facilities, Mamaroneck. 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).


As described in a film publication,[1] Janie (Gish) gets married with the goal of reforming her husband, but he still has the eyes for other women. He says he is ashamed because lacks the style of a flapper. After he repeatedly gets into difficulties, she leaves him and goes into business. The husband finally realizes what a wonderful woman she is and repents.


  • Dorothy Gish - Janie Wakefield
  • James Rennie - Jack Valentine
  • Marie Burke - Mrs. Wakefield
  • Downing Clarke - Mr. Wakefied
  • Frank Kingdon - Mr. Valentine
  • Mildred Marsh

Preservation status[edit]

Remodeling Her Husband is now considered to be a lost film.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Remodelling Her Husband at database
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature films: 1911-1920 by The American Film Institute (1988)

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