Georgia Rodman ( Leatrice Joy ) lives with her mother and sister in their San Francisco home. Jimmy Halloran ( Cullen Landis ) takes Georgia out slumming to the Blue Jay cafe where they are spotted by "Red" O'Rourke ( Lon Chaney ), a corrupt political boss. When a crook fleeing the police takes refuge in the cafe, O'Rourke tells him to sit at Jimmy's table to find out who the girl is. The police break in, the crook shoots and kills an officer, and Jimmy and Georgia are arrested as accessories to the crime. Georgia's mother, thinking that she has deceived her, disowns Georgia, and Jimmy arranges for her to stay at O'Rourke's. He advises her to go out only at night wearing a veil; hence she acquires the name, "The Night Rose." Steven Graham ( John Bowers ), the assistant District Attorney, suspects O'Rourke of being involved in Georgia's disappearance. Meanwhile, Sally Monroe ( Betty Schade ), O'Rourke's underworld sweetheart, is furious at O'Rourke's attentions toward Georgia. Graham arrests Jim Garrison ( John Cossar ), a bootlegger working with O'Rourke, and gives him the third degree to get evidence. O'Rourke sets a trap at Black Mike's cafe where Bill, his best gunman, will shoot both Jimmy and Graham. The trap is sprung and Jimmy is shot, but Graham is saved and O'Rourke's men arrested. O'Rourke is having his annual ball, during which he plans to marry Georgia. Georgia goes to Jimmy and, believing him to be dying, takes a revolver and goes after O'Rourke. At the ball, Georgia is dancing with O'Rourke when she pulls out the revolver and plans to shoot him, but Sally stops her, then shoots and kills O'Rourke herself. Jimmy recovers and is reunited with Georgia, while Graham finds love with Georgia's sister, Mary ( Mary Warren ).
"Interesting underworld melodrama with intricate plotting and counter-plotting by a master criminal and an abundance of gun play...Lon Chaney, as always, gets the utmost out of the role of a powerful leader of lawbreakers. He has a gift for quiet emphasis in pantomime which fits nicely into this lurid tale." ---Variety
Tragically this silent crime/drama starring Lon Chaney and Leatrice Joy, still remains a lost silent film.
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