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The Bette Midler Show (1976)

Bette Midler live in concert, filmed in spring of 1976 in Cleveland and shown on HBO.


Tom Trbovich


Jerry Blatt, Bruce Vilanch (as Bruce Vilanche)




Credited cast:
Bette Midler ... Herself - Hostess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Crossley Charlotte Crossley ... Herself - The Harlettes
The Harlettes The Harlettes ... Themselves
Ula Hedwig Ula Hedwig ... Herself - The Harlettes
Sharon Redd Sharon Redd ... Herself - The Harlettes
Donald York Donald York ... Himself - Conductor (as Don York)


Bette Midler live in concert, filmed in spring of 1976 in Cleveland and shown on HBO.

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Comedy | Music







Release Date:

19 June 1976 (USA) See more »

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Aaron Russo Productions See more »
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This concert was performed in Cleveland, filmed expressly for Home Box Office, which ran the special on June 19, 1976, with an encore showing on June 21. The original HBO presentation was shown "complete and uncut, minus any editing or interruption" (per the June 1976 HBO On Air guide), lasting nearly two-and-a-half hours. When it was shown on broadcast television later that year, it was shorn to 87 minutes. That truncated version was released on videocassette by Embassy Home Video in 1984. As of 2017, the coveted special - a rare opportunity to see Midler in her first phase of stardom - has yet to be released in digital format. See more »


Written by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart
Performed by Bette Midler
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A Good Bette
19 February 2013 | by Bruce PantagesSee all my reviews

I am surprised no one has reviewed this TV Special. I saw it once, the night it showed on network television. I had not seen one of her live shows (yet) but I remember being convulsed with laughter and enjoying her antics no end. Much of the content, as I recall, was repeated in subsequent stage shows. It was one of the raunchiest things I had seen on television up to that point and I recall being surprised at some of the things she was doing at the time. But I loved every minute and frankly can't figure out the tepid rating it is getting from the folks here on the IMDb. I wonder if they actually saw the show. I never forgot it and have been on the lookout for a DVD. Should I manage to lay my hands on one, I will be back to update this review. She is certainly one of the greatest performers to come out of the 20th Century and we are well into the 21st and she shows no sign of fatigue.

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