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According to a 19 Mar 1927 movie news column in The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL), the title of J. Grubb Alexander's original story was "Backwash." An item in The Pittsburgh Press on 19 Apr 1927 reported that actress Betty Compson was being cast as the lead in Midnight Rose, and an 21 May 1927 item in The Afro American reported that African-American cabaret performer and actress Daisy Buford had just completed a role in the film. Compson was not in the film and Buford's appearance has not been confirmed. ...

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According to a 19 Mar 1927 movie news column in The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL), the title of J. Grubb Alexander's original story was "Backwash." An item in The Pittsburgh Press on 19 Apr 1927 reported that actress Betty Compson was being cast as the lead in Midnight Rose, and an 21 May 1927 item in The Afro American reported that African-American cabaret performer and actress Daisy Buford had just completed a role in the film. Compson was not in the film and Buford's appearance has not been confirmed.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
The Afro American
21 May 1927
p. 8
The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL)
19 Mar 1927
p. 11
The Pittsburgh Press
19 Apr 1927
p. 36
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal-Jewel
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Backwash
Release Date:
26 February 1928
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp.
11 November 1927
LP24654
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,689
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Midnight Rose, a dancer in the Gold Coast Cabaret, loves Tim Regan, an underworld gang leader who decides to go straight in spite of entreaties from other gang members. A dying gangster requests that Tim adopt his 4-year-old son, Sonny; and realizing that the boy needs a mother, Tim induces Rose to marry him. She soon tires of housework, grows jealous of Tim's fondness for Sonny, and consequently returns to the cabaret, where Corbin, her former suitor, rehires her. When Tim, disillusioned, participates in a gang robbery, Corbin informs the police, whereupon Tim is caught and sent to prison. Rose experiences a nervous collapse as a result, culminating in childbirth, and on the verge of hysteria she attempts to drown herself; her child is taken from her, and Corbin, having a change of heart, arranges for Tim's pardon and reunites her with her baby and Sonny. Tim accuses Rose of infidelity and is about to shoot her when the children remind him of her sacrifice, and they are ...

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Midnight Rose, a dancer in the Gold Coast Cabaret, loves Tim Regan, an underworld gang leader who decides to go straight in spite of entreaties from other gang members. A dying gangster requests that Tim adopt his 4-year-old son, Sonny; and realizing that the boy needs a mother, Tim induces Rose to marry him. She soon tires of housework, grows jealous of Tim's fondness for Sonny, and consequently returns to the cabaret, where Corbin, her former suitor, rehires her. When Tim, disillusioned, participates in a gang robbery, Corbin informs the police, whereupon Tim is caught and sent to prison. Rose experiences a nervous collapse as a result, culminating in childbirth, and on the verge of hysteria she attempts to drown herself; her child is taken from her, and Corbin, having a change of heart, arranges for Tim's pardon and reunites her with her baby and Sonny. Tim accuses Rose of infidelity and is about to shoot her when the children remind him of her sacrifice, and they are reconciled.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


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Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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