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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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murder | based on novel | See All (2) »

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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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Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Peggy Cummins in a dark, gone with the wind, foggy London.
31 July 2011 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

It's amazing the degree of professionalism Hollywood reached in those early decades. The foggy London street scenes are superb, the mansion interiors impeccable, the costumes perfect, the women hairstyles... (are there hairdressers nowadays able to duplicate those Victorian hairstyles?). And of course the acting impeccable. Peggy Cummins off camera voice at the beginning, explaining the situation reveals a child speaking, such is her Betty Boopish voice.

Eventually she appears and throughout the whole film mesmerizes us with her blond Lolita looks and startling acting ability. Precisely with all that Hollywood professionalism it's difficult to understand why, a cockney like Cummins character, that speaks like a regular Eliza Doolittle, all of a sudden loses her typical speaking mode and starts, very naturally, to speak in a normal intercontinental English.

It took Eliza many months of extremely harsh study to get rid of her cockney intonation, but this character does it in a jiffy (without the help of a professor Higgins!!), and nobody questions that miraculous change! The movie is entertaining and very predictable; the end is rushed in, ruining everything previously done, but I imagine it was part of fitting the story within a certain length of time.

I saw "Gun Crazy" before, where I "discovered" Peggy Cummins and found her (in a totally different rol) quite a trouvaille! sort of a Veronica Lake (as petite as her) and unusual, like a Gloria Graham. Lovely with her round mouth, sting lipped childish appeal (and voice!). Nice, cozy movie to watch (we are so familiar with the formula!) when it's raining and dark outside.


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