Rose of Washington Square
|Rose of Washington Square|
|Directed by||Gregory Ratoff|
|Produced by||Nunnally Johnson
Darryl F. Zanuck
|Written by||Jerry Horwin (story)
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|May 5, 1939|
Rose of Washington Square is a 1939 American musical drama film. Set in 1920s New York City, it focuses on singer Rose Sargent and her turbulent relationship with con artist Barton DeWitt Clinton, whose criminal activities threaten her professional success in the Ziegfeld Follies.
Although the names of the principal characters were changed, the plot was obviously inspired by vaudeville entertainer Fanny Brice's career and marriage to gambler Nicky Arnstein (both the film's title tune and "My Man" were closely associated with Brice), and Brice sued 20th Century Fox for $750,000. The studio settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Written by Nunnally Johnson (who co-produced with Darryl F. Zanuck) and directed by Gregory Ratoff, it starred Alice Faye and Tyrone Power, with a supporting cast that included Al Jolson, William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Moroni Olsen, Charles Lane, and Louis Prima.
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