|~What Happened to Rosa?~
Romance is dear to the heart of Mayme Ladd, hosiery clerk in Friedman's department store. When
a mysterious woman enters the store and tells Mayme that she has the divine gift of reading into
the future, Mayme falls for her story and agrees to pay her a visit. She learns, to the tune of five
dollars, that she is the incarnation of a spirit whose nickname is Rosa Alviro, a Spanish dancer.
Maybe goes back to her dingy room and looks through the family album till she finds a picture of
her mother in a Spanish costume. She finds the costume in a trunk and done it, fancying herself to
be the brilliant young dancer the fortune teller had spoken of. Her room-mate, Gwen, believes her
to have gone insane.
The Next day Dr. Drew, a young man, patronizes Mayme's counter, and she picks him as her hero.
She meets him later at a masked ball on a yacht, recognizes him without his recognizing her, and
falls desperately in love with him. Her movements arouse suspicion in Gwen, who still fears for her
sanity, and gets the assistance of others to take Mayme home. Mayme, to thwart this, jumps into
the water and swims to shore. Her companions finding her dress on deck believe that she is
Much to Gwen's surprise, however, she finds her adventuresome room-mate in bed when she
returns. The doctor, however, has given her up for lost. The next day finds her ready for a new
attempt to win him. She gets Spike, a neighbor boy, to lend her his clothes to which he consents
only after a strenuous fight, and makes up her mind to break a few bones so as to get a call from the
doctor. She fakes an accident and demands that her rescuers take her to Dr. Drew's. He does not
recognize her but sends her to the examination room, where she discovers that he has kept her
dancing costume. She puts this on and gives him a big surprise when he enters the room and
discovers that the "sick boy" is the girls of the masked ball whose charms had quite won him over.
She is so delighted with his attention to her that she falls over the table, backwards.
Plot Synopsis from clipping found in the Louise Glaum estate of items, publication not known.
|Goldwyn Presents Mabel Normand in a Harum-Scarum Role in a Highly Seasoned Comedy
Into the peppy scenes of "What Happened to Rosa," Mabel Normand makes an undignified but
characteristically amusing entrance in a way that suggests that the picture is a jazzy departure from
the conventional comedy-drama. Not to be taken seriously at any point, the picture is a hilarious
treatment of a shop girl's search for romance, affording a leading role that gives the star freedom to
get her well-known broad comedy effects. Touches of numerous hoydenish antics such as her
scuffle in the coal bin and her turbulent debut at the ball, meet with loud approval from children,
and from many grown-ups.
A visit to a fake seeress is enough to inspire the heroine, Mayme Ladd, with the fancy that she is the
reincarnation of a dashing Spanish dancer, Rosa Alviro, and with this as a foundation, she builds a
romantic air castle, finds a hero, and after some difficulty, succeeds in making at least part of her
dream come true.
Supported by a sympathetic cast, directed and set consistently, and centering around a lively,
youthful theme, "What Happened to Rosa" promises to be a popular subject in the class of feature
Reviewed by: Mary Kelly (unknown publication) - clipping found in the Louise Glaum estate.
|Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Pearl Lenore Curran - story
Gerald C. Duffy - scenario
Based on the short story "Rosa Alvaro, Entrante" by Pearl Lenore Curran
in The Saturday Evening Post (22 Nov 1919).
Production Company: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Distribution Company: Goldwyn Distributing Company
Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn
Cinematography by: George Webber
Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 54 Minutes
Released: December 1920
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