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Rose of Washington Square (1939)





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This barely-disguised portrait of singer Fanny Brice led to Brice's lawsuit against 20th Century Fox for defamation of character, a case which was settled out of court. Alice Faye plays Rose Sargent, a New York singer of the 1920s who falls for handsome, cocky wheeler-dealer Bart Clinton (Tyrone Power in a role patterned on Brice's troubled real-life paramour Nicky Arnstein). Rose's new romance is much to the dismay of her pal and former partner Ted Cotter (Al Jolson), who doesn't trust the slick, smooth-talking Bart. Eventually, Rose and Bart marry, but as the entertainment careers of Rose and Ted take off, Bart's tendency to get over his head in get-rich-quick schemes evolves into a bona fide criminal career. Rose finally makes the big time, becoming a popular star with the Ziegfeld Follies, and Bart skips town in order to preserve her reputation. However, Bart is nabbed by the authorities and sentenced to five years in jail. Despite the public scandal, Rose and Bart's devotion remained undiminished. Songs include the classics "California, Here I Come", "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye", "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and the perhaps unwise inclusion of "Funny Lady" Brice's signature song, "My Man".


Alice Faye
as Rose Sargent
Tyrone Power
as Barton DeWitt Clinton
Al Jolson
as Ted Cotter
William Frawley
as Harry Long
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Whitey Boone
Moroni Olsen
as Buck Russell
E.E. Clive
as Barouche driver
Louis Prima
as Himself
Charles C. Wilson
as Mike Cavanaugh
Paul Stanton
as District attorney
Chick Chandler
as Master of Ceremonies
Murray Alper
as Candy Butcher
Ralph Dunn
as Officer
Edgar Dearing
as Lieutenant
Irene Wilsen
as Miss Lust
Bert Roach
as Mr. Paunch
Charles Lane
as Sam Kress
Winifred Harris
as Mrs. Russell
Maurice Cass
as Mr. Mork
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Critic Reviews for Rose of Washington Square

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Faye and Jolson are enjoyable throughout.

Full Review… | November 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for Rose of Washington Square

pairing #3 of who were 20th century top box office draws alice faye & tyrone power they work well together added plus seeing power play a bad guy like he did in jesse james must have been fun 4 him 2 play bad too.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

No matter what you say or do, it's alright by me. Rose Sargent is a quickly rising singer with a loser boyfriend that treats her well but can't stay out of the law's eye. She loves him so much and won't let him go no matter how much trouble he gets in, but will his ways ruin her career? "I wish you were in some kind of trouble." "Why?" "So I could get you out of it." Gregory Ratoff, director of Barricade, Hotel for Women, The Men in Her Life, Irish Eyes are Smiling, Paris Underground, and The Men in Her Life, delivers Rose of Washington Square. The storyline for this picture is entertaining and fun to watch unfold but the musical numbers are a bit too long and drawn out. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, Louis Prima, and William Frawley. "How about a little snort then?" I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because I adore Tyrone Power. I thought this film was okay but nothing special. I adored the two main characters but found the theatre scenes overdrawn and very boring. Overall, this is worth watching once but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Grade: C+/B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Except for the names a blantant telling of the Fanny Brice story, Alice even sings My Man! The smoking number is odd to say the least and Al Jolson is very much an acquired taste.

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