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Rose of Washington Square (1939)

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

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Cast

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Rose Sargent
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Ted Cotter
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Harry Long
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Peggy
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Whitey Boone
Moroni Olsen ...
Mayor Buck Russell
E.E. Clive ...
Barouche Driver
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Band Leader
Charles C. Wilson ...
Police Lt. Mike Cavanaugh
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

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5 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rose de Broadway  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film closely resembles the life of entertainer Fanny Brice, and Alice Faye even sings Brice's signature song, "My Man" in the film. According to Biography: Alice Faye: The Star Next Door (1996), Brice sued 20th Century Fox for $750,000. The studio benefited from the publicity generated by the lawsuit - the film became the highest grossing musical of 1939 - and eventually settled out of court with Brice for an undisclosed amount. It has also been alleged that Power's character resembles Nicky Arnstein. See more »

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Soundtracks

I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
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Written by N.J. Clesi
Performed by Alice Faye
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A great musical; Faye and Jolson are in great voice.
19 December 1998 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See 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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