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The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 July 2015 (USA)
A documentary focusing on the tumultuous early days of this iconic vaudeville superstar who ruled the 1920's Flapper Era in the U.S. Before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Madonna ... See full summary »

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William Gazecki

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Credited cast:
Barbara Walters ... Self
Tony Bennett ... Self
Carol Channing ... Self
Michael Feinstein ... Self
Shecky Greene ... Self
Bruce Vilanch ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Anka ... Self
Kaye Ballard ... Self
Chubby Checker ... Self
Don Dellair Don Dellair ... Self
Joe Franklin Joe Franklin ... Self
Jane Kean ... Self
Gerry Leader Gerry Leader ... Self
Brenda Lee ... Self
Tony Martin ... Self
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A documentary focusing on the tumultuous early days of this iconic vaudeville superstar who ruled the 1920's Flapper Era in the U.S. Before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Madonna and Lady Gaga, Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other previous performer. Using all of "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas" 400+ recently rediscovered personal scrapbooks, authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker take you on their seven year journey retracing Tucker's 60 year show business career. Written by William Gazecki

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Bette Midler adored Sophie Tucker and named her daughter Sophie von Haselberg after the legendary performer. See more »

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Featured in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »

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The Fabulous Sophie Tucker
1 July 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Sophie Tucker was a major star of the Jazz Age and beyond. She starred in Vaudeville, on Broadway, in night clubs, recordings, 1 silent film, a handful of talkies, radio, television, and anything else you can name.

Her bawdy jazz-styled singing may have borrowed from (or even influenced) Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Mildred Bailey, Ethel Waters, and Alberta Hunter. The famous "red hot mama" shocked and delighted the Jazz Age with her bigger than life stage presence and strong singing voice. Oddly, her 1929 talkie debut in HONKY TONK (now lost) was apparently a flop.

She made a handful of film appearances for MGM but (like Fanny Brice) didn't make much impact in mild supporting roles that gave her little to do. Anyway....

This documentary is quite well done and boasts tons of photos and clips and talking heads to tell the show-biz story of Tucker from the beginning to her death in 1966 at age 82. She had a remarkable life and career, and the Eckers have done a thorough job in presenting a balanced biography of this legendary woman.

Talking heads include Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Barbara Walters, Shecky Greene, and old clips of Bette Midler, who named her daughter after Sophie Tucker.

Seems like I always knew who Sophie Tucker was. She appeared on a lot of TV shows in the 50s and 60s. One I have always remembered was her guest shot on "The Mike Douglas Show" in July of 1965. At age 80 or so, Tucker couldn't sing and so whispered the words to "My Yiddishe Momme" and Douglas sang it. This was a very moving moment because it was clear the end was near.

This is a must-see documentary for anyone still interested in the Jazz Age, that era when Tucker ranked with Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Bert Williams, Ted Lewis, and Blossom Seeley as the most electrifying stage performers.

Loved the colorization of the old photos in the documentary but could have done without the puppetry app. Oh yes, and it's FELD, ZiegFELD, not FIELD.


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Pomona, New York, USA

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