Cinema: New Picture: May 15, 1939

Rose of Washington Square (Twentieth Century-Fox) is prefaced by the customary assurance that any resemblance to fact is purely "coincidental." This legal formula has never rung more hollowly. The picture chronicles the rise of Mammy-Singer Al Jolson, renamed Ted Cotter and played by Al Jolson. Ted's good friend in the picture is one Rose Sargent (Alice Faye), a Ziegfeld star whose worthless husband (Tyrone Power) besmirches her name by fleeing justice after he becomes involved in a bond scandal. Rose vows her loyalty and, by sobbing out from the Ziegfeld stage the song My Man, persuades her husband to give himself...

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