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Ethnic comedy of a nightclub entertainer trying to train a boxer.

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Fannie Field (as Fannie Brice)
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In the nightclub where entertainer Fannie Field sings, two rivals for her favors, Jerry Moore and Mac McCloskey, come to blows before either realizes the other is a boxer. Jerry loses the fight but wins Fannie, who becomes his trainer with the aid of her schlemiel brother. Aside from a slight tendency to lie down in the ring, Jerry is successful. But success brings the inevitable blonde; does this mean heartbreak for Fannie? Features the star's inimitable ethnic humor. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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8 February 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

AstĂșcia Feminina  »

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Jerry Moore: It's a racket.
Fannie Field: So's tennis... but ya gotta be sober to play it.
Jerry Moore: Well, liquor never hurt my old man. He's been drinkin' all his life, and he's 80 years old.
Fannie Field: Wait...it'll get him.
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It's Gorgeous to Be Graceful
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Rose
Sung by Fanny Brice with ballet parody
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Seeing Fanny Brice in Be Yourself! is enjoyable for her singing but there's little of her comedic sense here
1 January 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Fanny Brice movie on YouTube. While she's better known as a comedienne who portrayed Baby Snooks on the radio, she was also a fine singer whose first husband Billy Rose wrote many of her standards during this time. This picture showcases many of those songs to good effect and also provides some of her sense of humor but most of the plot is more of a melodrama about her romance with a boxer played by Robert Armstrong who then falls for a gold-digger played by Gertrude Astor after winning lots of bouts. So there's not much time for the comedy sense Ms. Brice is known for and that was a disappointment for me. At least the film is only little more than an hour's length. So on that note, Be Yourself! is at the least worth a look once. P.S. If you're a film buff, you probably know the Robert Armstrong here is the same one that would eventually portray Carl Denham in the original King Kong.


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