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Rose-Marie (1928 film)

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Directed byLucien Hubbard
Written byLucien Hubbard
Based onRose-Marie
by Otto A. Harbach
StarringJoan Crawford
James Murray
CinematographyJohn Arnold
Edited byCarl F. Pierson
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 11, 1928 (1928-02-11) (United States)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Rose-Marie is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Lucien Hubbard. It was the first of three Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adaptations of the 1924 operetta Broadway musical Rose-Marie.[1] The best-known film adaptation starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald 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 the silent version.[2] MGM provided sheet music with the film for playing at the theater. 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."



"Rose-Marie" was initially filmed with Renee Adoree in the lead and William Nigh directing. After two weeks of location filming at Yosemite National Park, the studio shut down the production, fired Nigh, and brought Lucien Hubbard in to produce and write a new screenplay. Another director, Edmund Goulding, was assigned, and he re-cast the picture, selecting Joan Crawford for the lead role.[3] Goulding, although referenced in the trade press throughout the production, was ultimately not credited as director.


Norbert Lusk summed up the response of New York critics: "'Rose-Marie'...has proved disappointing. With unusual unanimity the reviewers rate it just another story about the Northwest Mounted Police, which never reaches more than lukewarm interest in spite of good acting and, of course, beautiful scenery. It's strongest asset is its title, which will doubtless draw in the absence of word-of-mouth advertising."[4] Mae Tinee, writing in the Chicago Daily Tribune, called the film "charming," but felt that Crawford "has not the fire and depth that Miss Adoree brings to her characterizations."[5]

Preservation status

Rose-Marie is considered to be a lost film.[6] MGM once had a policy, when a film was remade, to destroy prints of the original film,[7] so prints of this film may have been destroyed when the 1936 remake was released.


  1. ^ Rose-Marie as produced on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, Sept 2 1924 - Jan. 16 1926; and a 1927 revival;
  2. ^ Everett, William A. (2009). Rudolf Friml. University of Illinois Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-252-03381-7.
  3. ^ "To Yosemite for Second Start on "Rose-Marie." Variety, October 26, 1927: 4.
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times; February 19, 1928; C11
  5. ^ "Charming Is the Adjective for 'Rose-Marie.' Chicago Daily Tribune; March 5, 1928; p. 33
  6. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Rose-Marie at
  7. ^ Rose-Marie 1928 at
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