Black Roses (1921 film)

Black Roses is a 1921 American crime drama film directed by Colin Campbell. Sessue Hayakawa, Myrtle Stedman, Tsuru Aoki,[1] Andrew Robson, and Toyo Fujita appeared in the film.

Black Roses
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Directed byColin Campbell
Written byRichard Schayer
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Hayakawa Feature Play Company
Distributed byRobertson-Cole Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • May 22, 1921 (1921-05-22) (USA)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] when Benson Burleigh (Robson) is found murdered with his gardner Yoda (Hayakawa) beside him with a knife in his hand, the police conclude that Yoda is guilty. While in prison Yoda learns that 'Monocle' Harry (Herbert), Blanche De Vore (Stedman), and Wong Fu (Fujita) framed him of the crime. When the opportunity arrives, with the assistance of his fellow convicts he steals a locomotive while its crew is eating lunch and uses it to burst through the prison yard gates. He drives the locomotive at full speed until they outrun an automobile full of prison guards. With money provided by a fellow cellmate, he poses as a wealthy Japanese nobleman. He outwits the trio of criminals and frees his wife Blossom (Aoki), whom they had kidnapped, and turns them over to the police.



  1. Munden, Kenneth White (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States. University of California Press. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-520-20969-5.
  2. "Reviews: Black Roses". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 12 (23): 87. June 4, 1921.
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