Review: ‘Rose of Washington Square’

Of the three co-stars this is Al Jolson's picture. But it's not much of a filmusical. It's primarily a story deficiency. Nunnally Johnson did the screenplay and production, although original by John Larkin and Jerry Horwin is as much to blame.

Of the three co-stars this is Al Jolson’s picture. But it’s not much of a filmusical. It’s primarily a story deficiency. Nunnally Johnson did the screenplay and production, although original by John Larkin and Jerry Horwin is as much to blame.

A major, solo title emphasizes that the plot structure is fictional. However, the Fannie Brice-Nicky Arnstein saga is an incidental to a show business romance where Al Jolson (billed as Ted Cotter, but he might just as well have been called Jolson) is the altruistic patron of the beauteous and talented Alice Faye. She in turn is stuck on the wrong-guy character played by Tyrone Power.

Faye is still plenty on the s.a. side, excepting for a few camera angles that don’t flatter her chin-line. Power’s vacillating characterization is a missout.

Rose of Washington Square

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Gregory Ratoff; Producer Nunnally Johnson (assoc.); Screenplay Nunnally Johnson; Camera Karl Freund; Editor Louis Loeffler; Music Louis Silvers (dir.); Art Director Richard Day, Rudolph Sternad

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Tyrone Power Alice Faye Al Jolson William Frawley Joyce Compton Hobart Cavanaugh
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