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Be Yourself! (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 8 February 1930 (USA)
Ethnic comedy of a nightclub entertainer trying to train a boxer.


Thornton Freeland


Max Marcin (adapted by), Thornton Freeland (adapted by) (as T. Freeland) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Fanny Brice ... Fannie Field (as Fannie Brice)
Robert Armstrong ... Jerry Moore
Harry Green ... Harry Field
G. Pat Collins ... McCloskey
Gertrude Astor ... Lillian
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Step
Marjorie Kane Marjorie Kane ... Lola (as Marjorie 'Babe' Kane)
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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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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

8 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Astúcia Feminina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »


Jerry Moore: You're a funny girl, Fannie.
Fannie Field: I gotta be. That's how I make my livin'.
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Cookin' Breakfast for the One I Love
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Jesse Greer
Lyrics by Billy Rose, Henry H. Tobias
Played during the opening and end credits and often in the score
Sung by Fanny Brice with Robert Armstrong
Reprised by Jimmy Tolson
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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 tavmSee 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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