~The White Rose~
1923
~Plot Synopsis~
Too long by at least 3 reels, D. W. Griffith's The White Rose is nonetheless one of the best and most
accomplished of the director's "pastoral" films. Mae Marsh plays a virginal young lass of modest means
who pretends to be more worldly than she actually is. Aristocratic divinity student Ivor Novello, who feels
he must learn more about life in order to be an effective minister, accepts Mae's pose at face value and has
an affair with the girl. Tortured by guilt, Novello bids goodbye to Mae and returns home to his childhood
sweetheart Carol Dempster. When Mae discovers she is pregnant, she is cast out by her family and
neighbors. She is given comfort and shelter by a sympathetic black family, who look after her as she
brings her child into the world. Confronted by evidence of his indiscretion, Novello, by now a respected
clergyman, gives up his calling-and his fiancee-to do right by Mae. Meanwhile, Carol finds happiness in the
arms of businessman Neil Hamilton. The White Rose represented something of a comeback for the
extraordinarily gifted Mae Marsh, whose talents had previously been squandered in a series of cheap,
unimportant vehicles. The script was by someone named Irene Sinclair-who, under scrutiny, turned out to
be D. W. Griffith himself.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed & Written by: D.W. Griffith
~Cast~

Mae Marsh ...  Bessie 'Teazie' Williams
Carol Dempster ...  Marie Carrington
Ivor Novello ...  Joseph Beaugarde
Neil Hamilton ...  John White
Lucille La Verne ...  'Auntie' Easter
Porter Strong ...  Apollo
Jane Thomas ...  Cigarstand Girl
Kate Bruce ...  An Aunt
Erville Alderson ...  Man of the World
Herbert Sutch ...  The Bishop
Joseph Burke ...  The Landlord
Mary Foy ...  The Landlady
Charles Emmett Mack ...  Guest
Uncle Tom Jenkins ...  An Old Negro (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: D.W. Griffith Productions

Released by: United Artists

Producer: D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by: G.W. Bitzer, Hendrik Sartov & Harold S. Sintzenich
Art Direction by: Charles M. Kirk
Assistant Director: Herbert Sutch
Special Effects by: Edward Scholl
Stand In:
Una Merkel

Length: 12 Reels
Runtime: 115 minutes
Released: May 21, 1923
New York premiere: May 22, 1923
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