Roses Are Red


1h 7m 1947

Brief Synopsis

This script rode in right off of the range that had been ridden at least twice by Tim McCoy at Columbia. Writer Elmam did little other than moving it from a Western to a big-town Eastern. Don Castle plays a newly-elected district attorney but, just before he takes office, the town's crooked political boss (Edward Keane) has his henchies (including Jeff Chandler)kidnap him with intentions of replacing him with an ex-convict(Don Castle in a dual role) who is his exact double. While the D.A.'s double/replacement is studying his mannerisms where he is being held captive, the D.A. knocks out the double, takes his clothes and manages to fool the gang boss into thinking he is the ex-con. The henchies then kill the ex-con thinking he is the D.A. The latter continues to impersonate his double until he has set and sprung the trap on the gang boss and his minions. Peggy Knudsen plays the D.A's. fiance, Patricia Knight the wife of the ex-con and Joe Sawyer pops up as a crooked police official.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 1947
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Nov 1947
Production Company
Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Inc.; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,043ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Though he is not aware of it, newly elected District Attorney Robert A. Thorne bears a very strong resemblance to an ex-convict named Don Carney. The resemblance does not go unnoticed by crime boss Jim Locke, who fears that the new district attorney will make good on his threats to crack down on crime. As part of his plan to prevent Robert from enacting his reforms, Locke abducts the new district attorney and prepares to have him replaced with Carney. Carney spends a week with Robert, learning all the important details about his life and rehearsing himself for his role as the new district attorney. While the press reports Robert's disappearance and the police begin a citywide search, Martha McCormack, Robert's girl friend and a reporter for her father's newspaper, begins her own search for Robert. She begins her investigation with only one lead: an old photograph of a man resembling Robert, which was found by police at the scene of a recent murder. Because the photograph was printed on rare paper that is easily traceable, Martha is able to locate the picture's developer and determine the identity of the man. Though unable to find Carney, Martha locates his wife Jill, who tells her that her husband was paroled and is now living on a ranch. Meanwhile, at Locke's hideout, Carney is overpowered by Robert and knocked unconscious. When Knuckle, one of Locke's gunmen, enters the room, Robert, posing as Carney, tells him that their captive tried to escape. Believing Robert, Knuckle shoots Carney, and then takes Robert to the cliff area where he is to be "discovered" by police lieutenant Wall. Realizing that Wall is in league with Locke, Robert sets out to expose the web of corruption in his city, and does so by suppressing his true identity and playing along with Locke's scheme. Robert manages to fool his old colleagues and Locke's gang until he kisses Jill and she realizes that Robert is not her husband. Jill reports her suspicions to Wall, who tries to flee with Locke's money before the police close in on their operation. When the police arrive to arrest Locke, Locke fires his gun at Wall, who falls to the ground. In his final moment Wall shoots and kills Locke. With the political corruption exposed and eliminated, Robert and Martha resume their romance and seal their love with a kiss.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 1947
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Nov 1947
Production Company
Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Inc.; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,043ft (7 reels)

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