Broadway Rose (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Once again, Mae Murray plays -- what else? -- a dancer. But while the ex-Follies girl had made an enormous success in her past two films, Peacock Alley and Fascination, this one isn't quite as good. For one thing, the plot was as musty as an old, worn stage set -- a country girl makes it big on Broadway, marries a millionaire, but gives everything up to be with her faithful sweetheart back home. Neither Murray, nor her husband, director Robert Z. Leonard could do much with this type of pap. And Murray, who was in her late thirties, used too much white make up in an attempt to rid herself of the signs of encroaching age. Murray's country girl is named Rosalie Lawrence, and the boy she leaves behind is the homely-but-comfortable Tom Darcy (Monte Blue). While performing on the Great White Way, her impressive footwork and good looks attract Hugh Thompson (Ray Bloomer). His millionaire parents (Charles Lane and Maude Turner Gordon), however, are opposed to the match. Rosalie and Thompson marry in secret, but his family eventually finds out and they make it clear they have no use for their daughter-in-law. Instead of standing by her, Thompson refuses to live without his parents' money, so Rosalie returns to the country, and to Darcy, who has been faithfully waiting for her.

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backstage, dance [art], forbidden-love, love, love-triangle, stars [celebrities]