The Sign of the Rose (1922)

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George Beban, who was famed for his ethnic characterizations, especially Italians, in the 1910s and 1920s, starred in this sentimental drama, which was based on his own stage play. Incidentally, although it has a Christmas theme, the picture was actually released in July. It is Christmas Eve and Philip Griswold (Gene Cameron) is furious that his brother, William (Charles H. Elder), has not given him his usual present of five thousand dollars. William thinks it's about time that his brother make his own way in the world, but Philip doesn't agree and decides to get the money by underhanded means. He kidnaps William's daughter, Dorothy (Jeanne Carpenter), and holds her for ten thousand dollars' ransom. The Griswolds find the note and believe that it was written by an Italian. As a result, their first suspect is kindly Pietro (Beban), who had delivered the Christmas tree shortly before Dorothy disappeared. Pietro's life is already sad enough -- his daughter, Rosa, has just been killed in an automobile accident, and he believes that his missing wife is dead. Pietro is arrested when he goes to a flower shop and his innocence is proven only when Philip shows up with Dorothy. The Griswolds, feeling bad over the incident, give Pietro the ten thousand dollars. His missing wife returns, making his happiness complete.

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child, death, happiness, Italy, kidnapping, wife