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The White Rose (1923)

A wealthy young Southern aristocrat, Joseph, graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and see what "the real world" is all about. He ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith (as Irene Sinclair)




Cast overview:
Mae Marsh ... Bessie 'Teazie' Williams
Carol Dempster ... Marie Carrington
Ivor Novello ... Joseph Beaugarde
Neil Hamilton ... John White
Lucille La Verne ... 'Auntie' Easter
Porter Strong Porter Strong ... Apollo
Jane Thomas Jane Thomas ... Cigarstand Girl
Kate Bruce ... John's Aunt
Erville Alderson ... Man of the World
Herbert Sutch Herbert Sutch ... The Bishop
Joseph Burke ... The Landlord
Mary Foy ... The Landlady
Charles Emmett Mack ... Guest at the Inn


A wealthy young Southern aristocrat, Joseph, graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and see what "the real world" is all about. He winds up in New Orleans and finds himself attracted to a poor, unsophisticated orphan girl, Bessie. One thing leads to another, and before long Bessie finds that she is pregnant with Joseph's child. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The White Rose that turned crimson, then white again. A picture as big as love-as big as joy-big as ennobling tears-a true story of real life. (Print ad-Waihi Daily Telegraph,((Waihi, NZ)) 26 April 1924) See more »


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One of two films Mae Marsh starred in with Ivor Novello. See more »

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10 September 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

D.W. Griffith's "The White Rose" begins with a title card reading, "This is a story of real life with the actual incidents pertaining thereto as told by Captain Staunton of Louisiana." In addition to my doubts that this film is based on any single factual incident, let alone as told by one man (According to Griffith biographer Richard Schickel, Griffith had researched, or read about, many scandals involving clergymen in preparation for this picture), this movie bares only a superficial resemblance to real life (which is the case with most movies, of course). It is, however, similar to his other melodramas. A following title card introducing the film states, "It concerns a few human beings - no mobs or melodramatic action...." "The White Rose" is full of melodramatic action.

Anyhow, this is one of Griffith's worst films (that I've seen). It's contrived, overlong, overly sensational and plodding. Its morality tale is boring and ludicrous at times. Additionally, Mae Marsh certainly does lay it on thick with her ridiculous flapper imitation, and Carol Dempster continues to demonstrate no talent. There's some (comparatively) mild racist comedy based in degrading African Americans, too. On the other hand, and to say something favorably about the picture, the film-making isn't technically as slipshod, or unpolished, as in some of Griffith's other lesser films. Not recommended.

(Note: The print I saw was of poor quality, with bleached faces occasionally.)

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Release Date:

21 May 1923 (USA) See more »

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A Rosa Branca See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayou Teche, Louisiana, USA See more »


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$650,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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