Rose O' the Sea (1922)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This comedy-drama starring Anita Stewart was unusual in that instead of marrying the handsome leading man, the heroine winds up with his father. As an infant, Rose (Stewart) was cast onshore after a shipwreck and taken in by an old sailor. The sailor raises her, and after his death, Rose goes to work in a Fifth Avenue flower shop. The good-looking but dissolute Elliott Schuyler (Rudolph Cameron) meets her there, and invites her out for a ride in his car. She goes, but repulses his amorous advances. Elliott, who has been drinking, hits his head and is knocked unconscious. Rose goes to his millionaire father, Peter Schuyler (Thomas Holding), to tell him of his son's death, but Elliott comes to and arrives home while she is still there. The young man takes up with a chorus girl, and when Peter tries to buy her off, she uses the money to pay one of his son's gambling debts. Rose, meanwhile, is befriended by an elderly lady who tries to start a romance between her and Elliott. The ploy is nearly successful, and the couple go so far as to become engaged. But Elliott decides he is unworthy of her and marries the chorus girl. Peter disinherits him, but Rose helps father and son to reconcile. Along the way, she and Peter fall in love and they marry. This picture was based on the novel by Countess Barcynska.



alcoholism, chorus-girl, city-life, honesty, injury, love