Second Hand Rose (1922)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Whole films had been written around song titles before, but it had been years since the ditty "Second Hand Rose" had been popular, and a revival wasn't likely. But then, Gladys Walton was one of Universal's lesser lights, so the studio probably wasn't trying exceptionally hard. Walton did, however, have a solid supporting cast here. Issac Rosenstein, a kind-hearted Jewish man who owns a second hand store (George B. Williams), adopts an Irish orphan, Rosie O'Grady (Walton). "Popa" Rosenstein's son Nat (Eddie Sutherland) works for a silk manufacturing company, and while delivering lunch to the young man, Rosie meets shipping clerk Terry O'Brien (Jack Dougherty). Nat, who's not a terribly ambitious sort, stops by the pool room while on his way home from his job and his cohorts there steal his shipping instructions. The goods are stolen, and Nat is sent to jail. An old Irishman, Tim McCarthy (Walter Perry), offers to help Nat out if Rosie will marry him. She agrees, only to discover that Nat is robbing his former employers. But then the truth comes out -- he was only pretending to be in league with his pool room pals so that he could trap them. All is well in the Rosenstein family, and McCarthy graciously hands Rosie back to O'Brien.

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brother, criminal, family, husband, Ireland, Judaism, love, offer, pawnbroker, promise, release, shop