On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Review

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Daisy Gamble is an unusual woman. She can here phones before they ring, but wants to quit smoking to impress her fiance, Warren and chooses to do so via hypnosis. But her doctor finds out she can regress into past lives and personalities and begins to fall in love with one of them.


A long, thin musical, loosely based on The Search For Bridey Murphy, with Barbra Streisand as a tough-talking New York neurotic who consults hypnotist Yves Montand in order to give up smoking and finds herself regressing to a previous life as an 18th Century waif, with a highly Streisandish English accent, who rises from poverty to the aristocracy so Barb can get into some major costumes.

Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane’s Broadway musical was a troubled production, with an ailing and indecisive Vincente Minnelli not quite getting control of the story, even to the extent of filming a major song-and-dance number featuring Jack Nicholson as Streisand’s hippie stepbrother and then cutting it out, depriving future generations of a chance to laugh at a soon-to-be superstar’s singing. Aside from the title number, which is sung by drag acts to this day, all the songs (Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here, Love With All The Trimmings, What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?) have been justly forgotten.

Barbra Streisand at her most strident, but instantly forgettable