(director/writer: Jason Wise; screenwriter: Christina Wise; cinematographer: Jackson Myers; editors: Jason Wise, Bryan Rodner; cast:  Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Ruthie Shapiro, Georgiana Rodrigues, Dan Harmon, Tim Conway, Peter Marshall, Allen Sviridoff, Harlan Boll; Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Christina Wise, Jason Wise; Vitagraph Films/Forgotten Man Films; 2017)

“Sincere tribute to the 94-year-old actress Rose Marie.”

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Jason Wise (“Wait For Your Laugh”) directs this sincere tribute to the 94-year-old actress Rose Marie (the Manhattan born actress never used her last name of Mazetta). She’s best known for being a regular on the 1961 “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and for her appearances on “
The Hollywood Squares.” Jason Wise and Christina Tucker write the dull screenplay that chronicles the life and career of comedian Rose Marie that started in 1926 when she was a 3-year-old, at 5 she became a singing star on NBC Radio and was billed as “Baby Rose Marie,” and a year later she was in talking pictures. She also appeared on Broadway with Phil Silvers in Top Banana and sang in nightclubs. Always a mob favorite, she was a headliner in Las Vegas for Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel. But her best medium was television, where she lasted a long time.

The film uses interviews with friends and colleagues, as well as never-before-seen home movies shot by the actress herself

The documentary is informative but forgettable, though the charms of the brassy Rose Marie, now in a wheelchair, prevail. Peter Marshall, the host of The Hollywood Squares, narrates and tells stories about her on the show. Fans of the actress would find it more appealing than others.

REVIEWED ON 2/11/2018       GRADE: C+