In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, Liberace recently gave him a scare. Then, boom, there she is, with her backup trio, "The Harlettes," going from rock to ballad to medley, from "Big Noise From Winnetka" to "I Shall Be Released." It's a concentration of camp: she imitates Sophie Tucker, she's mermaid Dolores Delago, and between every song, it's non-stop movement and lots of raunchy patter. Written by
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First feature film made by production house The Ladd Company. See more
References The $64,000 Question
Ready to Begin Again
/ "Do You Want to Dance"
Written by Jerry Lieber
(as Lieber) and Mike Stoller
(as Stoller) / Bobby Freeman
Performed by Bette Midler See more