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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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rose de Broadway See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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 Al Jolson singing "April Showers" and "Avalon" from the film, but they are on the DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

My Man
(Mon Homme)
Music by Maurice Yvain
French lyrics by Albert Willemetz and Jacques Charles
English lyrics by Channing Pollock
Performed by Alice Faye
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Slightly disappointing
12 October 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

I hate to be the sole spoilsport in this group of unanimous adulation, but I thought "Rose of Washington Square" was slightly disappointing. Perhaps I had high hopes for it since I'm one of Alice Faye's biggest fans and I love almost all of the classic Fox musicals, but "Rose" ranks with one of Faye & Fox's weakest musicals.

Exhaustingly directed by Gregory Ratoff, this wispy, half-tolerable biography of Fanny Brice turns out to be a less successful attempt by Darryl Zanuck to repeat the magic and splendor of Henry King's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" with Faye and her leading man Tyrone Power. What made King's classic memorable, aside from the luminous presence of Faye, was Irving Berlin's endlessly melodious music. Here, except Faye's singing of "My Man" and Al Jolson's "Mammy", the songs are not only unmemorable, but dismal.

See it only for the stars but don't expect anything as remotely magical as "Alexander's Ragtime Band".


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