The Alien (1915)

A poor ditch-digger, Pietro Massena, lovingly raises his motherless daughter Rosina. Phil Griswold, in order to throw a party to celebrate his expected inheritance, induces his friend ... See full summary »

Writers:

George Beban (play), Charles T. Dazey (play) (as C.T. Dazey)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Beban ... Pietro Massena
Blanche Schwed Blanche Schwed ... Rosina Massena
Edward Gillespie Edward Gillespie ... Inspector Lynch
Jack Nelson ... Phil Griswold
Hayward Ginn Hayward Ginn ... William Griswold
Andrea Lynne Andrea Lynne ... Mrs. William Griswold
Thelma Salter ... Dorothy Griswold
John Davidson ... Robbins (as Jack Davidson)
Edith MacBride Edith MacBride ... The Cashier of the Flower Shop
J. Frank Burke ... The Proprietor of the Flower Shop
William J. Kane William J. Kane ... Coogan
Ida Lewis Ida Lewis ... The Nurse
Fanny Midgley Fanny Midgley ... The Maid
Maude Gilbert
Claire Hillier Claire Hillier
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A poor ditch-digger, Pietro Massena, lovingly raises his motherless daughter Rosina. Phil Griswold, in order to throw a party to celebrate his expected inheritance, induces his friend Robbins to rob the flower shop where he works. After the inheritance goes to Phil's brother William, who refuses Phil money to return to the flower shop, Phil abducts William's daughter Dorothy and sends a "Black Hand" ransom demand to throw suspicion onto Pietro, who earlier frightened Dorothy when he delivered a Christmas tree to William's house. William drives into the slums looking for Pietro and accidentally runs down Rosina. The grieving Pietro goes to the flower shop on Christmas morning to buy a rose for Rosina's coffin and is accused of the kidnapping, because Phil arranged to have a man known by "the sign of the rose" pick up the ransom money there. Pietro threatens to kill the arresting detective so that he can return to his "bambino," when William arrives with news that Dorothy has been found... Written by Pamela Short

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This film is listed in the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Database as, No holdings located in archives. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Los Angeles, New York, and other major theater showings, the denouement of the plot was played out live on stage by the actors from the film. The general release substituted a filmed ending. See more »

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Version of The Sign of the Rose (1922) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

July 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sign of the Rose See more »

Filming Locations:

Mt. Baldy, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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