The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.
Henrietta Robins works out of her home and her husband Pete drives a cab to try to support her. When Pete gets a tip from one of his fellow drivers that a deal will be made by the Americans and the Soviets over pork bellies, he decides to invest in the market, but needs to $3000 to invest. Henrietta then goes to extreme lengths to get the money by dealing with first a loan shark, then a madame, then the mob and finally cattle rustlers. All this in the name of love. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
When Barbra Streisand is being chased in the subway she goes from Borough Hall to
Clark Street on the LL train. The LL runs on 14th Street in Manhattan to Canarsie in
Brooklyn and does not have Borough Hall or Clark Street on its route. See more »
For Pete's Sake has Michael Sarrazin and Barbra Streisand as a married couple in Brooklyn trying to make ends meet. They've got their debts and maybe carrying a bit too much. Sarrazin drives a cab and gets a stock tip about pork belly futures from his dispatcher Louis Zorich who's a pretty sleazy sort. I couldn't wrap myself around the concept of taking financial advice from him any more than from that other noted cab dispatcher Louis DiPalma.
But Sarrazin believes him and tries to get the money and when he fails Barbra goes to a loan shark. When the great financial coup doesn't go off on schedule she's got to pay. Of course she can't and her debt is passed on to various parties who have her doing all kinds of crazy things, all for her husband Pete's sake.
There were some good performances, some funny moments, but the whole thing seemed more silly than funny. Besides the stars the ones to watch out for are Molly Picon as a Jewish Madame, Estelle Parsons as Streisand's sister-in-law, and Richard Ward as the ever helpful building superintendent where she and Sarrazin live.
Barbra's fans will like it, but it's far from the best film she ever made.
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