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What Happened to Rosa (1920)

 |  Comedy  |  December 1920 (USA)
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A fortune teller tells a store clerk with a romantic disposition that she was a Spanish noblewoman in an earlier life. The girl begins to live the part of the Spanish noblewoman and romance and comedy ensue.

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Mayme Ladd / Rosa Alvaro
Doris Pawn ...
Gwen
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Percy Peacock
Hugh Thompson ...
Dr. Maynard Drew
Eugenie Besserer ...
Madame O'Donnelly
Buster Trow ...
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A fortune teller tells a store clerk with a romantic disposition that she was a Spanish noblewoman in an earlier life. The girl begins to live the part of the Spanish noblewoman and romance and comedy ensue.

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What Happened to Mabel
20 July 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Hosiery department store shop-girl Mabel Normand (as Mayme Ladd) leads a drab existence. As "a dreamer whose dull, drudging life has never been brightened by a single gleam of romance," Ms. Normand is susceptible to scam artist Eugenie Besserer (as Yvette O'Donnell). Normand accepts the phony clairvoyant's invitation for a reading, spending her last few dollars to hear Ms. Besserer summon the spirit of a beautiful Spanish maiden, from within Normand's consciousness. With a flower in her teeth, Normand believes she has the power to become "Rosa Alvaro", a maiden so beautiful she can make men do her bidding with a mere smile. Her pal Doris Pawn (as Gwen Applebaum) thinks Normand's Spanish alter-ego is nutty.

But Normand's "Rosa" succeeds in attracting tall, dark, and handsome doctor Hugh Thompson (as Maynard Drew) at a masquerade party. If you haven't figured it out by now, this is the often updated "Cinderella" storyline. "What Happened to Rosa" is nothing compared to what happened to Mabel Normand, in real life. During her "Goldwyn" years, Normand seemed only a shadow of her former self; probably, the studio didn't know how to best present their star. But, there were also personal problems. For whatever reasons, this film is not vintage Normand. She's better than this. By the way, don't miss the opening "Goldwyn" logo, with "Leo the Lion" striking a "before Metro" pose.

**** What Happened to Rosa (12/20) Victor Schertzinger ~ Mabel Normand, Hugh Thompson, Doris Pawn, Eugenie Besserer


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