Rose of Washington Square

Rose of Washington Square

Director: Gregory Ratoff

Cast: Gregory Ratoff, Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson

     
 
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

Overview

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."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Rose of Washington Square is at best a middling musical tearjerker, but it will have special interest for certain people. Naturally, fans of stars Alice Faye, Tyrone Power and Al Jolson will be attracted to Rose. But so will fans of Fanny Brice and the much later Funny Girl, for Rose tells the same story, that of Brice and her love for the luscious but shifty Nicky Arnstein, although it does so without acknowledging its real life source. Funny Girl benefited from a tighter construction and songs that were tailored to both the characters and the story; Rose makes do with some numbers that are dynamite but that, with one or two exceptions, don't transcend their onstage "number" status to delineate character. Rose also has the bad luck to tell the Brice story in a patently uninteresting way and to be directed by Gregory Ratoff in a fairly obvious manner that makes the film quite predictable. What Rose does have going for it is its trio of stars. Power looks as handsome as ever and his innate charm is crucial to keeping the audience interested in the love story. Faye is tops, handling the sudsy material with aplomb and delivering her songs, especially the Brice signature "My Man" with great style. And Jolson is Jolson, captured in all his glory; his performance style will strike many as mannered, but for those "into" the man, rose is a treasure trove of some of his most notable songs. It's also a treasure trove of his blackface, which is unfortunate -- but also an inseparable part of his style.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
UPC:
0024543536963
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:26:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Isolated score track; Funny Girl, Funny Man featurette; Deleted scenes; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer; Advertising gallery; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Bart Clinton
Alice Faye Rose Sargent
Jolson Ted Cotter
William Frawley Harry Long
Joyce Compton Peggy
Hobart Cavanaugh Whitey Boone
Moroni Olsen Buck Russell
E.E. Clive Barouche driver
Louis Prima Himself
Charles Wilson Mike Cavanaugh
Hal K. Dawson Chump
Ben Welden Toby
Paul Stanton District attorney
Maurice Cass Mr. Mork
Bert Roach Mr. Paunch
Harry Hayden Dexter
Charles Lane Sam Kress, Booking Agent
Adrian Morris Jim
John Hamilton Judge
Winifred Harris Mrs. Russell
Murray Alper Candy Butcher
Chick Chandler Master of Ceremonies
Edgar Dearing Lieutenant
Ralph Dunn Officer
James Flavin Guard
Leonard Kibrick Newsboy
Robert "Buddy" Shaw Reporter
Horace McMahon Irving
Paul E. Burns Chump

Technical Credits
Gregory Ratoff Director
Richard Day Art Director
Seymour Felix Choreography
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Mack Gordon Songwriter
James F. Hanley Songwriter
Nunnally Johnson Associate Producer,Screenwriter
John Francis Larkin Original Story
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
Ballard MacDonald Songwriter
Harry Revel Songwriter
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Silvers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rose of Washington Square
1. Main Titles [1:19]
2. Pretty Baby [1:12]
3. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry [3:06]
4. The Vamp [3:09]
5. A Mutual Feeling [2:21]
6. An Honest Mistake? [1:53]
7. Checked Out [1:39]
8. Rock a Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody [:54]
9. Toot, Toot, Tootsie [3:46]
10. I'm Just Wild About Harry [4:49]
11. A Chance to Explain [4:09]
12. The Guy's a Crook! [:50]
13. California, Here I Come [1:00]
14. Squaring Things Up [3:17]
15. I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak [2:44]
16. Bought and Paid For [3:02]
17. Ziegfeld Says Yes! [1:34]
18. Rose of Washington Square [4:15]
19. Fifteen Thousand Smackers [5:52]
20. All That's Important [1:23]
21. From Bad to Worse [8:52]
22. A Wanted Man [2:14]
23. My Mammy [1:54]
24. My Man / End Titles [5:06]

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