Rose of Washington Square (1939) starred Alice Faye, Tyrone Power, Al Jolson,
and Louis Prima and his Band. This was the film that provoked Fanny Brice
to sue 20th Century Fox for $75,000 for invasion of privacy (the
defendants settled out of court). On the surface the story is about the
tribulations of a Broadway singer in love with a worthless husband. As Halliwell
states, it appeared to be a "revamping of the Fanny Brice story; smartly
done, but the material interpolated for Al Jolson is what makes the film
Rose of Washington Square was the third and final teaming of Tyrone Power
and Alice Faye. In 1938 they had starred together in Foxs In Old
Chicago, which had the Great Fire as its spectacular climax; then they
were teamed again in another spectacular and memorable musical,
Alexanders Ragtime Band that carried over 20 Irving Berlin numbers.
The music on this CD, beautifully refurbished, is absolutely marvellous.
Wonderful song follows wonderful song a veritable treasure chest of
marvellous melodies from the era between the World Wars and earlier.
Pretty Baby performed by Al Jolson.
Im Sorry I Made You Cry sung by Alice Fay
Ill See You in My Dreams Alice Faye
The Vamp Alice Faye and Chorus
Im Always Chasing Rainbows Alice Faye
(an out-take this one)
Rock-a-bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
Toot Toot Tootsie Al Jolson
Im Just Wild About Harry Alice Faye
California, Here I Come Al Jolson
I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak Alice Faye
My Mammy Al Jolson
April Showers and
Avalon Al Jolson
My Man Alice Faye
Rose of Washington Square Alice Faye and
Chorus in an extended 8-minute track with a significant orchestral element.
As if all that was not enough, there are eight bonus tracks: alternative
versions of six of the songs (two versions of My Man). The
interesting thing is that you hear the voices of the recording technicians
and the producer at the beginning and ending of these tracks.
A fabulous nostalgic trip