Rose of Washington Square (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

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

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Alice Faye sings her ballads with her old alluring nonchalance.

August 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Faye and Jolson are enjoyable throughout.

November 13, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rose of Washington Square


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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