Friday, May 4, 2012


Lucien Hubbard ~ Joan Crawford in Rose-Marie,  1928
From the operetta by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II

Rose-Marie was a 1928 drama film directed by Lucien Hubbard. It is the first of three MGM adaptations of the 1924 Broadway musical Rose-Marie The best-known film adaptation was released in 1936; another film was released in 1954. All three versions are set in the Canadian wilderness. Portions of Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart's original score for the Broadway musical are utilized in the 1936 and 1954 films, but not for this silent one. This version was filmed on location at Yosemite National Park.

Joan Crawford, who starred in the 1928 version alongside James Murray, later remarked, "Rose Marie was surprisingly good without the music, but I felt uneasy as a French Canadian, but the critics didn't notice.". The film is considered lost.


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