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Funny Lady (1975)

Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

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Bert Robbins
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Norma Butler
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Bernard Baruch
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Ned (as Gene Troobnick)
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Eleanor Holm
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Adele
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Mademoiselle
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Fran (as Samantha Huffaker)
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Buck Bolton
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Storyline

The continuing story of Fanny Brice following that depicted in Funny Girl (1968) is presented. An established star on Broadway as a headliner for the Ziegfeld Follies, Fanny and the rest of the world are hitting difficult times entering into the 1930s. Her marriage to Nicky Arnstein, who she still loves is ending in divorce, and even Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. is having trouble coming up with money to continue to produce the Follies. Along comes brash nightclub owner, song lyricist and wannabe impresario Billy Rose, who says he can raise the money and has the material to produce his own revue, which he wants to star Fanny. Fanny is both attracted to and repelled by Billy because of his chutzpah, his stubbornness and knowing that underneath his outer veneer is the soul of a true hustler... much like she was when she was first starting out and much like she still is now. Through their professional trials and tribulations, they slowly start to fall for each other. But Fanny admits that Nicky ... Written by Huggo

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Streisand & Caan - How Lucky Can You Get!


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15 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Paraxeni kyria  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There were two versions of the soundtrack album from this film. The original stereo LP release featured the prerecordings exactly as they appeared in the film, though many of them were ultimately truncated on screen. The much rarer quadrophonic LP release features alternate takes of nearly every song. See more »

Goofs

Fanny's black tennis shoes - worn for comic effect in the 1937 Aquacade number - aren't period-correct: it wasn't until 1949 that Converse decided to make the toe guard, laces and outer wraps on black "Chuck Taylors" a contrasting white. See more »

Quotes

Billy Rose: [referring to having borrowed money from the mob to finance his show] They're gonna build me into the West Side Highway.
Fanny Brice: That's the only good news I've heard tonight.
Billy Rose: I'm not kidding.
Fanny Brice: Neither am I.
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Connections

Referenced in The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't This Better
(uncredited)
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Barbra is still wonderful when performing, but the story drags
28 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Surprise! Great production numbers do not a great musical make! Like so many mediocre musicals, when the music stops, the story is lifeless in spite of a good supporting cast. It was the inevitable sequel to one of the best of its kind and did surprisingly good box office. James Caan is not Omar Sharif, although he is a good actor. While the Billy Rose songs are great, some of the new supporting songs don't measure up and sound like echos from "Funny Girl" or "Hello Dolly". The water ballet does not seem as impressive as it should be. (Yes, there really was such a show in Cleveland.) The best part of the movie is the "everything that could go wrong" run-thru of "Billy Roses Crazy Quilt". That was masterfully done and is hilarious. The last 20 minutes, which wrap everything up, are just terrible. I was left depressed and wanting more; like something was missing. "Funny Girl" was truly grand entertainment and this pales by comparison. However, the production numbers play far better on a large screen.(Note: the exterior for "NBC" was reused for "Xanadu" a few years later!)


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