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28 April 1965 (USA) See more »
Barbra Streisand's first television special, featuring a medley of her hit songs, such as "People," "Happy Days Are Here Again" and "My Man." | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Barbra Streisand ... Herself

Directed by
Dwight Hemion 
Joe Layton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Emmet 

Produced by
Martin Erlichman .... executive producer
David Horn .... series producer
Anu Krishnan .... producer
Willard Levitas .... associate producer
Richard Lewine .... producer
Peggy Lieber .... assistant producer
Barry Schulman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Layton 
Production Design by
Joe Layton 
Art Direction by
Sabina Daley 
Tom H. John 
Set Decoration by
Bill Harp 
Makeup Department
Fredrick Glaser .... hair stylist
Art Department
Sam Cecere .... graphic artist
Tom H. John .... set dresser
Brian Santalone .... art implementation
Ying Zhou-Hudson .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Frank Laico .... audio consultant
B.A. Taylor .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barry .... lighting director
Music Department
Billy Goldenberg .... assistant music arranger
Peter Matz .... conductor: orchestra
Peter Matz .... music arranger
Other crew
Bob Adleman .... business manager
Anthony Chapman .... interactive director
Diana Cofresi-Terrero .... production assistant
Earl Dawson .... associate director
Carmen DiRienzo .... vice president
Leslie Kriesel .... copy editor
Joe Layton .... choreographer
Brian Lee .... technical director
Bill O'Donnell .... program director
Carl Schutzman .... technical director
Paul Shiers .... production supervisor


Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The audience segments were filmed in a small TV studio in New York City just down the street from where Barbra Streisand was performing in "Funny Girl". The audience consisted of about 200 members of Streisand's fan club.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At least 3 times during the "POVERTY MEDLEY" in ACT TWO, the front of the studio camera and individual crew people appear in the mirrors in the Bergdorf-Goodman store scenes. During "Second Hand Rose", the camera shows up in two of the oval shaped counter-top mirrors (screen right)near the beginning of the interior segment @30:24 on the DVD. Next @31:03, a single crew man in a dark suit and bow tie is clearly visible in another counter-top oval mirror (screen right) just as Barbra approaches immediately prior to putting on a very large, heavy necklace from the counter top. Finally, @32:09 a young crew guy with dark hair and an open shirt is clearly visible for several seconds in another oval mirror (lower screen left) as Barbra dances in a big mink coat singing "I Got Plenty of Nothin".See more »
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Stellar TV Debut for Barbra at Her Purest, 18 July 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

As the first of the TV specials offered on the elaborate box set, "Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials", released last November, this disc is being released separately for those who do not want to fork over the dollars for all five specials. As an investment, this is indeed the best of the bunch if only for the fact that this is Streisand at her purest and most eager to impress. That she succeeds so brilliantly is a key component of her legend. Signed to a long-term contract with CBS to produce hour-long variety shows, an almost extinct format nowadays, Streisand was all of 22 in this CBS special first broadcast in April 1965. At that point of her career, her notoriety was limited to a handful of best-selling albums, a few dazzling TV appearances on variety and talk shows, and her successful Broadway run in "Funny Girl".

Filmed in crisp black-and-white, the program is divided into three distinct parts. With the creative transitional use of "I'm Late" from Disney's "Alice in Wonderland", the first segment cleverly shows her growing up from childhood through numbers as diverse as "Make Believe" and "I'm Five". Opening with a comic monologue about Pearl from Istanbul, the second part moves on location to Manhattan's chic Bergdorf Goodman's where she is elegantly costumed in a series of glamorous outfits while singing Depression-era songs like "I've Got Plenty of Nuthin'" and "The Best Things in Life Are Free" with comic irony. Back to basics, the third segment is a straight-ahead concert which opens with a torchy version of "When the Sun Comes Out", includes a "Funny Girl" medley, and ends with her classic, melancholic take on "Happy Days Are Here Again" over the ending credits. Also included is the brief introduction she taped in 1986 when the special was first released on VHS. For those who know Streisand only for her pricey concert tickets and political fundraising, this is a genuine eye-opener into why she is so revered now.

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