Night Rose (1921)

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Before he was known as "the man of a thousand faces," Lon Chaney had already become famous for portraying underworld characters. If he does not come off well in this Goldwyn picture, in which he plays a gang leader, it has nothing to do with his acting and everything to do with the editing. The film was based on a controversial tale of the underworld, The Night Rose, by Leroy Scott. The Censorship Commission refused to give it their stamp of approval, so it was recut, which eliminated much of Chaney's part. Leatrice Joy co-stars -- this was one of the last pictures she made before signing with Paramount and Cecil B. DeMille. Duke McGee (Chaney) takes a liking to Georgia Rodman (Joy), with little regard to the fact that she is the sweetheart of his bookkeeper, Jimmy (Cullen Landis). He decides to frame Jimmy, thus getting him out of the way, but Sally, McGee's former mistress (Betty Schade), foils his plan. Jimmy, however, is shot before he can get away. Georgia believes Jimmy is dead and goes to a ball thrown by McGee to exact revenge. But Sally grabs the gun from her hands and completes the job for her. Jimmy recovers from his wounds, and the picture ends happily.

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criminal, gangster, jealousy, murder, on-the-run, rage, sweetheart, witness