The Sign of the Rose
Cast & Crew
In need of cash, Philip Griswold kidnaps the daughter of his brother, William, and shifts the blame to Pietro Balletti, who is seen delivering a Christmas tree to the Griswold home. While frantically searching for his child, William kills Pietro's beloved daughter, Rosina, with his automobile. Philip conspires with Cecil Robbins to frame Pietro with the aid of a white rose but finally confesses to the abduction. Pietro receives a substantial gift from the Griswolds and is reunited with his wife, whom he believed to be dead.
According to the Variety review, during the film's pre-released engagements (1921-22), George Beban and three other cast members gave a live stage presentation, elaborated from the original vaudeville sketch upon which the play (and the film?) were based; it was interspersed about reel 4, lasted approximately eighteen minutes minutes as against approximately 60 minutes of film, and took place in a florist shop set copied from one used in the film. The original play apparently combined film and live action, with the latter dominant. Beban starred in an earlier film based on the same source, the 1915 New York Motion Picture Corp. production entitled The Alien, produced and directed by Thomas H. Ince. In that version also, a live stage presentation was included at large theaters around the country.