Mary Philbin

  1. Rose Hobart, Liliom, 1930.   Lon Chaney’s 1925 lover in The Phantom of the Opera tested with Joel McCrea for a day. Director: Frank Borzage.   Music: Danny Borzage on accordian!   Portents of future: she quit when sound arrived.
  2. Phyllis Haver, The Battle of the Sexes. 1927.    DW Griffith – Him Self! – filmed the Daniel Carson Goodman story in 1914 with Lilian Gish as Donald Crisp’s daughter.   He  decided to it again  13 years later.  With Gish, this time, as in the much livelier role of gold-digger Marie Skinner.  Too lively, apparently, for Gish as Mary Philbin was quickly announced  – and even Lupe Velez, but DW kept her for his next gig, the semi-talkie  Lady of the Pavements, in 1928. Finally, and with much less of a fanfare, Haver landed Marie – and the Judsons, father and daughter,  became Jean Hersholt and Sally O’Neil

 Birth year: 1903Death year: 1993Other name: Casting Calls:  2