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Rough House Rosie (1927)

A poor but ambitious young girl is determined to crash high society, but isn't prepared for the reception she receives.


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Cast overview:
Rosie O'Reilly
Reed Howes ...
Joe Hennessey
Arthur Housman ...
Kid Farrell
Doris Hill ...
Douglas Gilmore ...
Arthur Russell
John Miljan ...
Lew McKay
Henry Kolker ...
W.S. Davids


A poor but ambitious young girl is determined to crash high society, but isn't prepared for the reception she receives.

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The story of a girl who got her men...by treating 'em rough! See more »


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Release Date:

14 May 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revoltosa  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film is presumed lost. Only a trailer survives. Please check your attic. See more »


Referenced in Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (1999) See more »

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On a beach outing, Rosie O'Reilly ( Clara Bow ), her friend Ruth ( Doris Hill ), and her sweetheart, boxer Joe Hennessey ( Reed Howes ), meet Kid Farrell ( Arthur Housman ), Joe's trainer, and a fortune-teller predicts Rosie's fame as a dancer. Rosie creates an act and gets it booked for a cabaret. In a misunderstanding over a diamond pin given her by Lew McKay ( John Miljan ), a café habitué, Rosie is jailed for stealing, but Arthur Russell ( Douglas Gilmore ) identifies the jewel and rescues her. Impressed by Arthur's wealth and social position, Rosie soon forgets Joe, who then begins to study etiquette, but to no avail. On the night of Joe's big fight, Rosie, losing interest in Arthur's party, goes to the ring, diverts the attention of Joe's opponent, and thus assures Joe's final victory.

New York Times Review -- March 1927

It was to be expected that "Rough House Rosie," the new occupant of the Paramount Theatre screen, would be a rather rowdy piece of work. It is, but it has the saving grace of possessing plenty of fun set forth with no little originality. Although there is a mention of the east side, there are none of those tedious scenes in which the heroine either has trouble with a frowning floor-walker or is perceived in her tenement home washing dishes and scrubbing floors while her indolent father performs his slapstick stunts. The titles, by George Marion Jr. in this instance, contribute a good deal to the entertainment, the action of the story being suited to his penchant for puns. Clara Bow, who since she appeared in "It" is usually referred to as having It, officiates as Rosie O'Reilly, whom one of the feminine characters in this narrative has the temerity to refer to as That Rosie says that she was intended for Fifth Avenue, but a cross-eyed stork took her over to the east side. It is not long before she humiliates an impudent young man, and after destroying his straw hat, she says: "Boy friend, the next time you see me, remember I'm a lady." She describes Joe Hennessey, the good-looking pugilist, as having his full share of noblesse oblige, but that opinion does not deter her from rebuffing Joe and knocking him out with a well-delivered left from her little fist. Some of the merry sequences are concerned with wrangles between Joe and his trainer, who admonishes his charge that he can't pay attention to a young woman and win a championship fight. This trainer reminds Joe that "Paul Revere did not take a Jane with him on his ride." In the course of the fight between Joe and the Sailor, Joe is told that "the Venus de Milo got away with it for years without hands, but you are no Venus de Milo." Rosie's visit to a crystal gazer at Coney Island inspires further confidence in herself. The man's prediction appears to be coming to pass. Rosie has her rivals and admirers, and one of the former, a Princess, hails from Czechoslovakia, where it is set forth she married twice, but her "Czechs were no good." The heroine of this narrative makes a hit in a cabaret with an act that is called "Rough House Rosie and Her Smooth Little Roughnecks." Rosie always wears expensive frocks and gowns. She is saucy and persistent, and the latter characteristic helps her to get an audience with a booking agent. In one chapter of this picture Joe meditates on his trainer's advice to be a cave man in his treatment of women. So Joe's day dream is perceived on the screen with several of the characters garbed in skins and acting according to a prizefighter's conception of the Stone Age. Miss Bow cavorts charmingly through this stream of clever nonsense, making the most of her big, long-lashed brown eyes. An unnamed player is capital as the trainer, and Reed Howes lives up to the part, of Joe.

Sadly only the trailer to this film now survives.

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