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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
John Larkin (based on a story by) ...
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Release Date:
5 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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A singer becomes a star in the Ziegfeld Follies, but her marriage to a con man has a bad effect on her career. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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That's Entertainment...really! See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Barton Dewitt Clinton

Alice Faye ... Rose Sargent

Al Jolson ... Ted Cotter

William Frawley ... Harry Long

Joyce Compton ... Peggy
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Whitey Boone
Moroni Olsen ... Mayor Buck Russell
E.E. Clive ... Barouche Driver

Louis Prima ... Band Leader
Charles C. Wilson ... Police Lt. Mike Cavanaugh
Hal K. Dawson ... Chump
Paul E. Burns ... Chump (as Paul Burns)
Ben Welden ... Toby
Horace McMahon ... Irving (as Horace MacMahon)
Paul Stanton ... District Attorney
Maurice Cass ... Mr. Mok
Harry Hayden ... Dexter

Charles Lane ... Sam Kress
Adrian Morris ... Jim
John Hamilton ... Judge
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Russell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Adams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Eddie - Candy Butcher (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Man in Box at Wintergarden (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Cooch Show Spectator (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Chick Chandler ... Emcee at Theatre (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Cop (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Butler (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Officer (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Frank - Ted's Attendant (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Court Officer (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Guard (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... Music Publisher (uncredited)
Claire James ... Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Leonard Kibrick ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Jack Luden ... Attorney (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Music Conductor (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man in Front Row (uncredited)
George Mori ... Publisher (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Speakeasy Bartender (uncredited)
William Newell ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Master of Ceremonies at Cast Party (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Mr. Paunch (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Stanley Taylor ... Lobbygow (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Kenny Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)
Irma Wilson ... Miss Lust (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Ratoff 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

John Larkin (based on a story by) and
Jerry Horwin (based on a story by)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gene Rose (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Royer 
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
 
Other crew
Seymour Felix .... choreographer
 

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Runtime:
86 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #5093)

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The pairing of Louis Prima and Alice Faye in Rose of Washington Square (1939) has a unique connection to Walt Disney's The Jungle Book (1967). Prima voiced King Louie, while Faye was married to Phil Harris who voiced Baloo the bear. Together, Prima and Harris sing "I Wan'na Be Like You" in the film.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
That's Entertainment...really!, 24 May 2010
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

This is an excellent movie musical from the 20th Fox studio, which made excellent movie musicals. Fox made all those great musicals with John Payne and Alice Faye, until she got supplanted by Betty Grable. It's all here - storyline, music, production values and a Who's-Who cast of memorable character actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

"Rose" is actually a revue with only one or two songs written for the movie; "I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak" is one and is the best song in the picture. The rest are songs from pre and post WW1 and are old standards - there are 20 songs in all. Then there is the Cigarette Dance which contains some trick photography and is very clever indeed.

It stars Tyrone Power and Alice Faye who handle acting chores, but the singing duties belong to Al Jolson, who at one time was considered the best entertainer of the 20th century on either coast. He comes alive when he sings his signature numbers but has a very limited acting range. This picture is seldom seen today because, for reasons rooted in the early part of the last century, Jolson sang in blackface. Apparently this worked for him but the film is no longer in the good graces of the PC crowd and those intimidated by them. The plot is based (loosely) on Fanny Brice and her husband/problem child Nicky Arnstein. As we know too well, Hollywood feels fiction is stranger than truth and punches up many stories that were good to begin with. Plus, they were true, and what fun is that.

Do yourself a favor; if you can find this picture watch it and see how Hollywood used to do it in the good old days. As I stated in the summary, that's entertainment in the purest sense of the term. I gave it a well-deserved rating of 8.

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