The White Rose (1923 film)

The White Rose is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was written, produced, and directed by Griffith, and stars Mae Marsh, Ivor Novello, Carol Dempster, and Neil Hamilton.

The White Rose
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Directed byD. W. Griffith
Herbert Sutch (asst. director)
Produced byD. W. Griffith
Written byIrene Sinclair (pen name of Griffith)
StarringMae Marsh
Ivor Novello
Carol Dempster
Neil Hamilton
Music byJoseph Breil
CinematographyBilly Bitzer
Hendrik Sartov
Harold Sintzenich
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • May 21, 1923 (1923-05-21)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


A wealthy young Southern aristocrat, Joseph, graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and see what "the real world" is all about. He winds up in New Orleans and finds himself attracted to a poor, unsophisticated orphan girl, Bessie. One thing leads to another, and before long Bessie finds that she is pregnant with Joseph's child.



The film was shot in several locations throughout Florida and Louisiana. Though this film is extant, it is one of Griffith's rarely seen films.

Preservation status

According to film historian William K. Everson, a tinted and toned 35 mm nitrate print was allowed to decompose in the 1960s, leaving only a sole black and white print.[1]


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