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Rose of Washington Square

1939 1h 26m Musical List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Aspiring singer Rose Sargent (Alice Faye) meets handsome fellow entertainer Ted Cotter (Al Jolson) and the two rise to fame as partners in the booming Manhattan vaudeville scene. Soon Sargent is courted by charming con man Barton DeWitt Clinton (Tyrone Power). Caught up in the glamor of the spotlight, Sargent ignores Cotter's warnings about Clinton's criminal ways and pursues him anyway -- even as her new beau's crooked reputation begins to threaten her hard-earned success. Read More Read Less

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SMH Staff Sydney Morning Herald Alice Faye sings her ballads with her old alluring nonchalance. Aug 28, 2020 Full Review David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Faye and Jolson are enjoyable throughout. Rated: 3/5 Nov 13, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Patricia L It may not have been noticed when it was first released but today it's obvious it is based on Fanny Brice and her gangster husband. I read where Fanny Brice sued the studio. I don't blame her. In my opinion, Al Jolson steals the show. It is very entertaining overall and a good watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/16/22 Full Review Audience Member Excellent film!! The kind you want to watch over and over and over. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This was alright but kind of slow and not half as lively as Funny Girl (which was also a movie based on the life of Fannie Brice). Tyrone Power was cute and charming, but Alice Faye looks odd, especially when she sings which is unfortunate because she has a beautiful voice, and I'm at a lost for words with Al Jolson. It must have been a different time to consider what he did "entertainment". Go figure. Overall, the movie was a little boring and in comparison to "Funny Girl", "Funny Girl" had better acting, choreography and more memorable music; which made it hands down, a lot more entertaining to watch. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member 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- Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Aspiring singer Rose Sargent (Alice Faye) meets handsome fellow entertainer Ted Cotter (Al Jolson) and the two rise to fame as partners in the booming Manhattan vaudeville scene. Soon Sargent is courted by charming con man Barton DeWitt Clinton (Tyrone Power). Caught up in the glamor of the spotlight, Sargent ignores Cotter's warnings about Clinton's criminal ways and pursues him anyway -- even as her new beau's crooked reputation begins to threaten her hard-earned success.
Director
Gregory Ratoff
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 7, 2008
Runtime
1h 26m