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Funny Lady (1975)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fanny Brice
... Billy Rose
... Nicky Arnstein / Nick Arnstein
... Bobby
... Bert Robbins
Carole Wells ... Norma Butler
... Bernard Baruch
Eugene Troobnick ... Ned (as Gene Troobnick)
Heidi O'Rourke ... Eleanor Holm
Royce Wallace ... Adele
... Mademoiselle
... Fran (as Samantha Huffaker)
Matt Emery ... Buck Bolton
Joshua Shelley ... Painter
Cliff Norton ... Stage Manager
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Naljakas daam  »

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$40,055,897
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Closing credits: Some of the characters and incidents portrayed and some of the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, in a meeting between Brice and Rose, he mentions taking over the Ziegfeld Theatre. Rose took over the Ziegfeld Theatre after NBC dropped their lease long after Brice was dead. The discussion could not have taken place as portrayed in the film. See more »

Quotes

Fanny Brice: [at her first meeting Billy Rose] If we hate the same people and you get your suit cleaned, it's a match.
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Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: Ode to Barbra Joan (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

How Lucky Can You Get - Single Mix
(uncredited)
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Not bad but something's missing
30 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Okay sequel to the wonderful Funny Girl is missing several key ingredients that hold it back from the level of the first film. The most important would seem to be director William Wyler, who kept the first film moving even at an extended length this one plods here and there. The supporting characters here aren't as enjoyable or fleshed out as in the first, where is Kay Medford's wonderful mother? Most of the music is excellent, the problem with most is the staging. We only get snippets of many of them like "More Than You Know" and "Am I Blue" and several of the ones we do get full versions of are muddled, the worst is "It's Gonna Be a Great Day". Barbra gives a great rendition of the song but it's drowned mostly in long shots and the sound of the shuffling feet of the surrounding dancers. "Let's Hear It For Me" is a blatant ripoff of "Don't Rain on My Parade". There is a haunting version of "If I Love Again" though. Caan is alright as Billy Rose but he and Babs share little chemistry and he mostly shouts his part hardly making the most romantic leading man. As for Streisand, who made this under duress from a contract obligation, she is of course loaded with talent but seems brittle and haughty, two things Fanny Brice never was. The production design is excellent and some of the costumes are eye popping, the feathered dress in itself is amazing, but they are dressing up an average affair. Not a waste of time just don't go into it expecting the high quality of the first film.


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