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Moss Rose (1947)

Set in turn-of-the-century London, a woman trying to solve the mystery of a friend's murder finds that she may be the next victim.

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Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Niven Busch (adaptation), Jules Furthman | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peggy Cummins ... Belle Adair aka Rose Lynton
Victor Mature ... Michael Drego
Ethel Barrymore ... Lady Margaret Drego
Vincent Price ... Police Inspector R. Clinner
Margo Woode Margo Woode ... Daisy Arrow
George Zucco ... Craxton - the butler
Patricia Medina ... Audrey Ashton
Rhys Williams ... Deputy Inspector Evans
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Set in turn-of-the-century London, a woman trying to solve the mystery of a friend's murder finds that she may be the next victim.

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosas Trágicas See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 8, 1947 with Victor Mature and Ethel Barrymore reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in Vampire Boys (2011) See more »

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Well played Victorian murder mystery
20 April 2002 | by ottoflopSee all my reviews

Gabrille Margaret Long, writing under the names of Majorie Bowen and Joseph Shearing wrote many fascinating novels based upon actual murder cases using her own interpretations as to what actually happened and who was really guilty. This novel and film "Moss Rose" is based upon an 1873 murder of a prostitute named Buswell, which was never solved. Other Shearing novels turned into films around this time are "Blanche Fury" and "Mark of Cain ("Airing in a Closed Carriage" based upon the Maybrick case).

Shearings novels are very hard to adapt and the film "Moss Rose" differs very much from the novel. So much so, that outgside of the basic idea it is almost a complete revision of the novel. Nevertheless, this film is very well produced with the sets and costumes capturing the late Victorian ambiance and a outstanding performance from England's Peggy Cummins. She captures the spunky cockney persona of "Belle Adair", while showing the vulnerability of a young woman alone in the world and making her way during an era of very closely defined social classes. Even when she is blackmailing a aristocratic family, she is still likable.

All in all, very well done and well worth watching.


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