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on 9 June 2011
What a joy to be able to see such great films in DVD whenever the mood takes you rather than waiting years for them to appear on TV .The mood takes me frequently to Hollywood musicals and to Alice Faye. Rose of Washington Square was released in 1939 in black and white. The picture and sound quality are superb as is the film.
Starring Miss Faye, Tyrone Power, Al Jolson, the story line may be familiar. Tyrone Power is a con man (heel)' who Alice loves and went along with, (as usual Power has the screen charm).Al Jolson (Ted) is teaming up with Alice (Rose Sargent) but finds he is without her on stage where he performs his repertoire of his well-known songs (My Mammy, Rock-a Bye Your Baby, California Here I come etc).Ted sees where Power (Bart) is coming from but love between Rose and Bart is there. Alice sings 'My Man' wearing what I would call enticing clothing. She also performs 'I'm Just Wild about Harry, 'Ja Da' and 'The Vamp'. Unfortunately 'I'm always chasing rainbows' and 'I'll See You In My Dreams' were excluded. Maybe they will resurface in film.
All generally works out well for Alice (but not for Power, imprisoned) in the end. Alice declares she will wait for him (true love). Her biographer Jane Lenz Elder states that she found working with Al Jolson's ego "awful".Based on the lives of Fanny Brice and gambler husband Nick Arnstein the studio was famously sued. Studio producer, Zanuck, carried on and gave the public a movie of enduring quality. It may have been churned out at the time of the Hollywood golden age, but this has class, as 70 odd years on, myself, family and hopefully generations to come can continue to sit back and embrace the warmth and innocence of an age that is timeless. Pure entertainment.