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Funny Girl
Director: William Wyler (Dir)
Release Date:   Sep 1968
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 19 Sep 1968
Production Date:   ended week of 27 Nov 1967
Duration (in mins):   151 or 155
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Cast:   Barbra Streisand (Fanny Brice)  
    Omar Sharif (Nick Arnstein)  
    Kay Medford (Rose Brice)  
    Anne Francis (Georgia James)  
    Walter Pidgeon (Florenz Ziegfeld)  
    Lee Allen (Eddie Ryan)  
    Mae Questel (Mrs. Strakosh)  
    Gerald Mohr (Branca)  
    Frank Faylen (Keeney)  
    Mittie Lawrence (Emma)  
    Gertrude Flynn (Mrs. O'Malley)  
    Penny Santon (Mrs. Meeker)  
    John Harmon (Company manager)  
  The Ziegfield girls: Thordis Brandt    
    Bettina Brenna    
    Virginia Ann Ford    
    Alena Johnston    
    Karen Lee    
    Mary Jane Mangler    
    Inga Neilsen    
  and Sharon Vaughn    
    Tommy Rall (Prince)  
    Lloyd Gough (Fallon)  
    Lavina Dawson (Sadie)  
    Joe Yore (Sadie's husband)  
    Paul Keith (Choreographer)  
    Ruth Clifford (Maid)  
    Dick Winslow (Musician)  
    Ingeborg Kjeldsen (Opera singer)  
    Rudy Battaglia (Joey)  
    Robert Christian (Messenger)  
    Joseph Dolphin (Photographer)  
    Jack Kassabian (Assistant photographer)  
    Fletcher Bryant (Photographer)  
    Charles Akin (Photographer)  
    Marcel De La Brosse (Paul, waiter)  
    Alex Rodine (Villain dancer)  
    Marc Wilder (Comedy dancer)  
    Jerome Collamore (Milkman)  
    Chris Hundley (Hecky)  
    Michael Mark (Halvah peddlar)  
    Shelley Morrison (2d floor woman)  
    Abe Lax (Tie peddler)  
    Blanche Bronte (Woman in window)  
    John Downing (Boy on Henry Street)  
    Belle Mitchell (Woman on Henry Street)  
    Frances W. Lax (Pushcart woman/Woman on Henry Street)  
    Lillian Adams (Pushcart woman)  
    Norma Jean Kron (Customer)  
    Daryl Seman (Steiny)  
    Johnny Silver (Arnstein's jockey)  
    Hal K. Dawson (Doorman)  
    Sherwood Keith (Doorman)  
    William Benedict (Western Union boy)  
    Irving Burns (Dentist)  
    Michael Mark (Dental patient)  
    Frank Sully (Bartender)  
    Richard S. Baughn (Branca's aide)  
    Frank Matthias (Young escort)  
    Jack Bowen Saunders (Conductor)  
    Arthur Tell (Conductor)  
    Adam Kaufman (Little boy)  
    Freeman Lusk (Judge)  
    Edythe Emelyne (Wardrobe woman)  
    Sally Winn (Wardrobe woman)  
    Charles Woolf (Court clerk)  
    Frank Baron (Regan)  
    Robert L. Lorraine (Butler)  
    Daniel Cook (Cab driver)  
    Tom Cound (Waiter)  
    John Warburton (Tycoon)  
    Tom Noel (Ticket seller)  
    Bunny Summers (Mrs. Nadler)  
    Geoffrey Steele (Steward)  
    E. A. Nicholson (Counterman)  
    Arlyn Loynd (Cameraman)  
    Earl Sydnor (Pullman porter)  
    Gene Callahan (Captain)  
    Jeri Jamerson (Skater/Dancer)  
    Jet Sharon (Skater/Dancer)  
    Elaine Joyce (Skater/Dancer)  
    Hanne-Marie Reiner (Skater)  
    Barbara Monte (Skater)  
    Pepe J. DeChiazza (Skater)  
    Nancee Charles (Ballet dancer)  
    Sonya Mahler (Ballet dancer)  
    Sally Mason (Ballet dancer)  
    Shari White (Ballet dancer)  
    Gene Columbus (Ballet dancer)  
    Barrie Duffus (Ballet dancer)  
    John Frayer (Ballet dancer)  
    Kevin Edwards (Ballet dancer)  
    Howard Henderson (Ballet dancer)  
    Rini Jarmon (Ballet dancer)  
    George LaFave (Ballet dancer)  
    Kyra Carleton (Ballet dancer)  
    Linda Howe (Ballet dancer)  
    Mark Maskin (Ballet dancer)  
    Katherine Marking (Ballet dancer)  
    Dick Monahan (Ballet dancer)  
    Joanna DiGiovanna (Ballet dancer)  
    Don Bradburn (Ballet dancer)  
    Chela Bacigalupo (Ballet dancer)  
    Margarita DeSaa (Ballet dancer)  
    Teresa Ravid (Ballet dancer)  
    Susan Williams (Ballet dancer)  
    Bob Thompson (Ballet dancer)  
    Diane Mayer (Ballet dancer)  
    Patti Tribble (Ballet dancer)  
    Pat Doty (Ballet dancer)  
    Caprice Walker (Ballet dancer)  
    Ron Poindexter (Ballet dancer)  
    Buddy Bryan (Ballet dancer)  
    Janet Hadland (Bride)  
    Christine Williams (Bride)  
    Rita Thiel (Bride)  
    Kathy Martin (Bride)  
    Barbara Burgess (Mirror girl)  
    Hildegard (Mirror girl)  
    Sandra Wells (Mirror girl)  
    Chris Cranston (Mirror girl)  
    Victoria Thompson (Mirror girl)  
    Yvonne Shubert (Mirror girl)  
    Judy Taylor (Mirror girl)  
    Nancy Stone (Chandelier girl)  
    Nancy Woods (Chandelier girl)  
    Gayle Davis (Chandelier girl)  
    Pam Leho (Chandelier girl)  
    Cis Corman (Ziegfield girl)  
    Kaye Turner (Ziegfield girl)  
    Terri Tucker (Ziegfield girl)  
    Beverly Cole (Ziegfield girl)  
    Barbara Houston (Ziegfield girl)  
    Lee Meredith (Ziegfield girl)  
    Diane Davis (Candelabra girl)  
    Joni Webster (Candelabra girl)  
    Caroline Williams (Candelabra girl)  
    Bobbie Bates (Dancer)  
    Sterling Clark (Dancer)  
    Roy Clark (Dancer)  
    Carol Warner (Specialty dancer)  
    Beverly Yates (Specialty dancer)  
    Howard Jeffrey (Specialty dancer)  
    Lynn Fields (Specialty dancer)  
    Phyllis Brown (Showgirl)  
    Sheila English (Showgirl)  
    Martin Ashe (1st nighter)  
    Viola Harris (1st nighter)  
    Max Mellinger (1st nighter)  
    Paul Randall (1st nighter)  
    Pat McCaffrie (Newsman)  
    John Dennis (Newsman)  
    Larry Gelman (Newsman)  
    Peter Adams (Card player)  
    Leon Daniels (Card player)  
    Harry Stanton (Card player)  
    Alan Avalon (Card player)  
    George DeNormand (Card player)  
    Paul Bradley (Card player)  
    Dann E. Hadzick (Card player)  
    John Hawke (Card player)  
    Francoise Ruggieri (Girl friend)  
    Sherry Lansing (Girl friend)  
    Marjorie White    
    Clark Ross    
    Jack Del Rio    
    Gerry Okuneff    

Summary: In turn-of-the-century New York, Fanny Brice, a young Jew from the Lower East Side, dreams of becoming a Broadway star, despite her unglamorous appearance. When she loses her chorus line job at Keeney's Oriental Palace, Fanny lies to enter a roller skating number and, slipping and sliding, is a comedy hit. After the performance, suave gambler Nick Arnstein visits Fanny backstage and helps get her a raise. Soon Fanny's comedy routines come to the attention of Florenz Ziegfeld, and she is hired for his Follies at the New Amsterdam Theatre. On opening night she turns the show's lavish wedding finale into a comedy by appearing as a pregnant bride. Ziegfeld's anger is placated by Fanny's success, however, and he keeps the routine and yields to her demand that she choose her own material. Also at the theater that night is Nick Arnstein, who accompanies her to a party at her mother, Rose's, beer hall and then leaves for Kentucky. One year later, while Fanny is in Baltimore on tour, she again encounters Nick. During their whirlwind affair, Nick loses a fortune on a racehorse he owns and decides to recoup his losses by gambling on an ocean liner crossing the Atlantic. As Fanny prepares to board a train for Chicago, she receives roses and a note from Nick. After phoning her resignation from the Follies to Ziegfeld, she catches a train to New York and boards a tugboat to take her to Nick's Europe-bound ship. After her marriage to Nick, the two move into a lavish manor, and Fanny gives birth to a daughter. Some time later, while Fanny is in rehearsal for a new show, Nick loses his money again and is forced to sell the house. Feeling overpowered by his wife's success, he moves back to New York City and spends more and more time gambling. As his debts mount, Fanny tries to help, but Nick bitterly rejects her offer and becomes involved in a phony bond deal. When he is exposed, he gives himself up and is sent to jail. Over a year later, he comes to Fanny's dressing room before her performance and tells her goodby.  

Production Company: Rastar Productions, Inc.  
Production Text: A William Wyler-Ray Stark Production
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: William Wyler (Dir)
  Herbert Ross (Mus numbers dir)
  Jack Roe (Asst dir)
  Ray Gosnell (Asst dir)
Producer: Ray Stark (Prod)
Writer: Isobel Lennart (Scr)
Photography: Harry Stradling (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Gene Callahan (Prod des)
  Robert Luthardt (Art dir)
Film Editor: Robert Swink (Supv film ed)
  Maury Winetrobe (Film ed)
  William Sands (Film ed)
Set Decoration: William Kiernan (Set dec)
  Richard M. Rubin (Props)
Costumes: Irene Sharaff (Barbra Streisand's cost des)
  Reiss & Fabrizio (Furs)
Music: Walter Scharf (Mus supv & cond)
  Jack Hayes (Orch)
  Walter Scharf (Orch)
  Leo Shuken (Orch)
  Herbert Spencer (Orch)
  Ted Sebern (Mus ed)
Sound: Charles J. Rice (Sd supv)
  Arthur Piantadosi (Sd)
  Jack Solomon (Sd)
  Joe Henrie (Sd eff ed)
Special Effects: Lepard/Neuhart (Titles)
Dance: Betty Walberg (Vocal-dance arrangements)
Make Up: Ben Lane (Makeup supv)
  Frank McCoy (Makeup artist)
  Virginia Darcy (Hair styles)
  Vivienne Walker (Hair styles)
Production Misc: Paul Helmick (Unit prod mgr)
  David Dworski (Asst to the prod)
  Lorry McCauley (Asst to the prod)
  Marshall Schlom (Scr supv)
  Jack Brodsky (Public relations)
MPAA Rating: G
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "People," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "I'm the Greatest Star," "Sadie Sadie," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," "You Are Woman I Am Man," "If a Girl Isn't Pretty," "The Swan," "Roller Skate Rag" and "Funny Girl," words and music by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill; "I'd Rather Be Blue," words and music by Fred Fisher and Billy Rose; "Second Hand Rose," words and music by James F. Hanley and Grant Clarke; "My Man ( Mon homme )," music by Maurice Yvain, French lyrics by A. Willemetz and Jacques Charles, English adaptation by Channing Pollack.
Composer: Jacques Charles
  Grant Clarke
  Fred Fisher
  James F. Hanley
  Bob Merrill
  Channing Pollock
  Billy Rose
  Jule Styne
  A. Willemetz
  Maurice Yvain
Source Text: Based on the play Funny Girl , music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart (New York, 26 Mar 1964), from the original story by Isobel Lennart and produced by Rastar Productions.
Authors: Isobel Lennart
  Bob Merrill
  Jule Styne

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Rastar Productions, Inc. 1/9/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LP36463

PCA NO: 21783
Physical Properties: Sd:
  col: Technicolor
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

 
Genre: Biography
  Musical
 
Subjects (Major): Nick Arnstein
  Fanny Brice
  Comedians
  Embezzlement
  Gamblers
  Romance
  Singers
  Vaudeville
 
Subjects (Minor): Baltimore (MD)
  Beer gardens
  Casinos
  Chorus girls
  Debt
  Family relationships
  Horses
  Imprisonment
  Jews
  Marriage
  Motherhood
  Mothers and daughters
  New York City--Broadway
  New York City--Lower East Side
  Roller-skating
  Ships
  Theatrical troupes
  Trains
  Ziegfeld Follies
  Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

Note: The film's copyright records listed its duration as 151 minutes. Although shot in 35mm Panavision, the film was blown up to 70mm for some roadshow presentations. Barbra Streisand, who created the role of "Fanny Brice" in the Broadway show on which the film is based, reprised her role on stage in London's West End prior to making the film. The movie version marked her film debut. Funny Girl was ranked 16th on AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals list.  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   20 Sep 1968.   
Filmfacts   1968   pp. 239-242.
Hollywood Reporter   20 Sep 1968   p. 3.
Los Angeles Times   27 Nov 1967.   
Los Angeles Times   4 Sep 1968.   
Los Angeles Times   11 Oct 1968.   
New York Times   20 Sep 1968   p. 42.
New Yorker   28 Sep 1968   pp. 167-70.
Newsweek   30 Sep 1968   p. 96.
Time   4 Oct 1968   p. 101.
Variety   25 Sep 1968   p. 6.

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