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While Barbra Streisand played musical-comedy star Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and Funny Lady, the closest Brice ever came to playing a Streisand-like role on film was in the 1930 comedy-drama Be Yourself. The Rose of Washington Square is cast as Fanny Field, the long-suffering girlfriend of no-account, gin-swilling prizefighter Jerry Moore Robert Armstrong. After sacrificing everything to advance Jerry's career, Fanny is "repaid" when Jerry dumps her in favor of femme fatale Lillian Gertrude Astor. Our heroine gets...
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While Barbra Streisand played musical-comedy star Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and Funny Lady, the closest Brice ever came to playing a Streisand-like role on film was in the 1930 comedy-drama Be Yourself. The Rose of Washington Square is cast as Fanny Field, the long-suffering girlfriend of no-account, gin-swilling prizefighter Jerry Moore Robert Armstrong. After sacrificing everything to advance Jerry's career, Fanny is "repaid" when Jerry dumps her in favor of femme fatale Lillian Gertrude Astor. Our heroine gets her revenge by telling Jerry's ring opponent to "go after" her man's nose, which was recently reconstructed by plastic surgery. As a result, Jerry loses the bout, but comes to his senses, returning to Fanny for good. Highlights include Brice's takeoff of "Dante's Inferno" and her song solo "Cookin' Breakfast for the One I Love," co-written by her then-husband Billy Rose. Unfortunately, the public didn't respond to Be Yourself, and Fanny Brice never again starred in a film, though she appeared as supporting player and guest performer from time to time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2007
  • UPC: 738329055028
  • Original Release: 1930
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fanny Brice Fanny Field
Robert Armstrong Jerry Moore
Harry Green Harry Field
Gertrude Astor Lillian
George Pat Collins McCloskey
Pat Collins
Budd Fine Step
Rita Flynn Jessica
Marjorie "Babe" Kane Lola
Technical Credits
Thornton Freeland Director, Screenwriter
Park French Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Kern Editor
Maurice L. Kusell Choreography
Max Marcin Screenwriter
William Cameron Menzies Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Alice O'Neill Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Billy Rose Songwriter
Karl Struss Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Be Yourself
1. Opening Titles [2:24]
2. "When a Woman Loves a Man" [7:17]
3. Girl Talk [8:28]
4. A New Regimen [3:45]
5. In the Ring [2:46]
6. "Cookin' Breakfast for the One I Love" [7:56]
7. "Is There Something the Matter..." [5:00]
8. "Kickin' a Hole in the Sky" [7:02]
9. "It's Gorgeous to Be Graceful" [4:13]
10. The Schnozz [9:40]
11. The Rematch [3:16]
12. The Locker Room [2:47]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    All about Fannie Brice

    This 1930 movie is a showcase for cabaret numbers by the great comedienne Fannie Brice, tied together by a fairly thin plot about a boxer. The numbers are highly entertaining, making it clear why Fannie was such a great success in Broadway Reviews. For example, in the song "When a Woman Loves a Man," a chorus girl sings in the style of Helen Kane (who inspired the Betty Boop cartoons), and Fannie bumps her aside and does her own parody of Helen Kane.

    For some reason, one of the numbers in the original movie, the Yiddish patter song "I am Sasha, the Passion of the Pascha," has been cut from the Kino Video edition. At one time, this number was available on YouTube, but appears to have been deleted for whatever reason.

    Harry Green, playing Fannie's brother, is a good example of the comedians of the period -- funny, but politically incorrect.

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