IMDb > Rose of Washington Square (1939)
Rose of Washington Square
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Rose of Washington Square (1939) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.8/10   305 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 17% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
John Larkin (based on a story by) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Rose of Washington Square on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
5 May 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Tribute To Vaudeville 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)
Create a character page for: ?

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
86 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #5093)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Three songs were cut from the film. "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", written by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Carroll, and performed by Alice Faye was deleted, though the melody is played in the background in one scene. "I'll See You in My Dreams", written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn, and performed by Alice Faye was also cut, as well as "Avalon", written by Al Jolson and Vincent Rose), and performed by Al Jolson. All three songs, as filmed, still exist.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I'm Always Chasing RainbowsSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Tribute To Vaudeville, 13 March 2013
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Entertainment careers, romance, and petty crime mix together to create a reasonably good film, based on the real life story of Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice and her attraction to gambler Nicky Arnstein. The script changes the names, and the two leads become Rose (Alice Faye) and Bart (Tyrone Power). "Rose Of Washington Square" is a thin story connected by numerous musical numbers.

The film has the look and feel of a long-ago era, specifically Vaudeville, with its eclectic mix of self-contained acts: singing, dancing, magic, and comedy. One lengthy segment features Rose singing in Washington Square, but interrupted by an unrelated act called "Igor and Tanya", an acrobatic performance not connected to anything else in the film. And then there's the stage performance wherein Rose and various dancers perform a dance that includes a magic act. As the dancing proceeds, each person brings forth a lit cigarette out of thin air, smokes it, then fetches another cigarette from out of nowhere.

This tribute to Vaudeville goes into overdrive with the appearance of entertainer Al Jolson, as character Ted Cotter. This character has little or nothing to do with Fanny Brice. I think the reason he's in the script is that he represents Brice's historical era. Jolson's inclusion ignites the plot, generating real pizazz into an otherwise lazy, dreary story. All bug-eyed and in black-face, and wearing white gloves, Jolson electrifies at the plush Winter Garden Theater, with his standard songs: "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby", "My Mammy", and "California, Here I Come".

Casting is mixed. Tyrone Power is surprisingly good. And I enjoyed William Frawley as a talent agent. But glamorous Alice Faye is not convincing as a stand-in for Brice. Faye does sing quite well, but I didn't care for any of her songs, with the exception of "My Man", Brice's signature number.

Costumes, hairdos, and prod design all seem to reflect well the early twentieth century era. B&W cinematography, sound effects, and editing are all competent, and pleasantly unobtrusive.

Without Jolson, the film would be average at best. But Jolson alone ups the entertainment value several notches, and that Vaudeville atmosphere is wonderfully nostalgic.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (14 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Rose of Washington Square (1939)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Producers Singin' in the Rain The Singing Fool Funny Girl The Helen Morgan Story
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.