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Rose of Washington Square (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 5 May 1939 (USA)
A singer becomes a star in the Ziegfeld Follies, but her marriage to a con man has a bad effect on her career.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), John Francis Larkin (based on a story by) (as John Larkin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Major Buck Russell
E.E. Clive ... Barouche Driver
Louis Prima ... Band Leader
Charles C. Wilson ... Police Lt. Mike Cavanaugh
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Chump
Paul E. Burns ... Chump (as Paul Burns)
Ben Welden ... Toby
Horace McMahon ... Irving (as Horace MacMahon)
Paul Stanton ... District Attorney
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Storyline

New York city in the 1920s: a singer struggles to keep her boyfriend from trouble. When she makes it to Ziegfeld, he heads for five years in jail. Lots of Faye and Jolson singing. The story is so close to the true story of Fanny Brice and Nicky Arnstein (Jules W. Arndt Stein) that he sued the studio in a case that was quickly settled out of court in his favor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

The pairing of Louis Prima and Alice Faye in this film 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 »

Quotes

Barton Dewitt Clinton: You know, I wish you were in some kind of trouble.
Rose Sargent: But why?
Barton Dewitt Clinton: Just so that I could get you out of it.
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Alternate Versions

They cut out Alice Faye singing "Chasing Rainbows" from the film, but it is on the DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(uncredited)
Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Performed by Alice Faye and Louis Prima
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A great musical; Faye and Jolson are in great voice.
19 December 1998 | by none-85See all my reviews

Very entertaining- a thinly disguised bio-pic of Fanny Brice. Power and Faye- at their acting peaks- are great as the leads. Faye is in great voice. However, Jolson steals the movie. At the age of 54, he was in the best voice of his career. His Rock- a Bye and California Here I Come are thrilling. I own the video, which also contains clips of several Jolson and Faye songs which were edited out of the final movie. a must for fans of the three stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rose of Washington Square See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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