Rose o' the River

Rose o' the River is a 1919 American drama silent film directed by Robert Thornby and written by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Will M. Ritchey. The film stars Lila Lee, Darrell Foss, George Fisher, Robert Brower, Josephine Crowell, and Sylvia Ashton. The film was released on July 20, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[3]

Rose o' the River
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Still from a film magazine of the final scene
Directed byRobert Thornby
Screenplay byKate Douglas Wiggin
Will M. Ritchey
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
StarringLila Lee
Darrell Foss
George Fisher
Robert Brower
Josephine Crowell
Sylvia Ashton
CinematographyWilliam Marshall
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 20, 1919 (1919-07-20)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Rose (Lee) is the center of a typical circle of small town admirers, dangling them all but laying most carefully the chosen suitor Steve Waterman (Foss), foreman of the lumber gang working the forest near her home. They become engaged and he begins constructing a little home when Claude Merrill, a ribbon clerk from Boston who is pretending to be a big businessman, arrives in the community and gives ardent court. Although true to her first love, she is so impressed by her new admirer's devotion that she gives him a tender farewell, which is seen by her fiance. Believing the worst, Steve breaks off the engagement, and Rose welcomes an opportunity to go to Boston as nurse to Steve's ailing aunt. Here she learns the clerk's true estate and returns to the country, but finds patching up the quarrel with Steve difficult. When a lumberjack makes a slurring remark about her, however, her uncle hears her former sweetheart Steve's defense of her and his declaration that he would marry her if she would let him. It is then a simple matter for her to bring about a reconciliation and precipitate the ceremony.



  1. ^ "Rose O' the River (1919) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Rose o' the River". AFI. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Rose o' the River at
  4. ^ "Reviews: Rose o' the River". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (6): 47. August 2, 1919.

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