People Magazine TV Clip
Edited Clip Of Bette Midler in ‘The Rose In Concert’
By Mister D
August 8, 2022
The Bette Midler Sequence Starts At (18:20) This Midler sequence from the filming of “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler, is an edited segment for the People TV show filmed on September 19, 1978. I remember there used to be a full segment at one time, so you might want to check. There were a few interviews. You saw Bette having to do three takes of the song, and when she is walking off the stage, they announce one more take, and she pretends to collapse on the ground, but it was meant to be funny. I’m too tired to look up to see if that full version is up, but I’m pretty sure YouTube took it down.
The Voiceover explains that the audience for this “live concert” got paid $15 apiece to pretend to be concertgoers in the movie. How lucky can you get? The reporter talks to several audience members and leaves it to a straight guy not to know who she is, but he’s a fan now.
Mark Rydell, the director, gives direction to the tens of thousands of extras, telling them to be really enthusiastic, and I remember he said try not to scream Bette Midler I really don’t think that they needed to be told. Well, I guess it didn’t hurt. I would have loved to be there, and from what I heard, it was a full day. Bette entertained throughout doing other songs from The Rose along with other rock songs while things were being set up. You can find the audio on my site: Bootleg Betty.