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King of Burlesque (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | 3 January 1936 (USA)
Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

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Connie
Dixie Dunbar ...
Marie
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Kolpolpeck
Herbert Mundin ...
English Impresario
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Ben
Nick Long Jr. ...
Anthony Lamb
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Arthur
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Stanley Drake
Paxton Sisters ...
Al Shaw ...
Lew Henkle (as Shaw)
Sam Lee ...
Gus Keefe (as Lee)
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Storyline

Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

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...Loaded to the brim with everything that goes for happiness, joy and laugher, more tunes, laffs, girls, fun and romance than you've seen in a dozen musical hits!

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Drama | Musical

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3 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Rei dos Empresários  »

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(FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade in 1943 as Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) with John Payne in the lead role. Alice Faye and Jack Oakie reprised their "heroine" and "sidekick" roles in the remake. See more »

Goofs

Some of Bolton's employees are reading different newspapers. Marie, the switchboard operator, has a newspaper that's missing a letter from its headline: "ANKS WIN 7 IN A ROW". See more »

Connections

Remade as Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey and Maceo Pinkard
Music played for a skit and danced by Alice Faye and the Paxton Sisters
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This movie predates the others that used the same plot
12 November 2011 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

People forget that "King of Burlesque" was made BEFORE those other movies that used the same plot which other reviewers have referred to. So what was becoming "run of the mill" by 1938 or 1943 was still reasonably "original" in 1935/1936. Also, the plot isn't as hokey (for me at least) when it's a musical COMEDY rather than musical DRAMA/MELODRAMA as it was in those later movies. Hey, it's not to be taken too seriously ... and I still enjoyed watching Mona Barrie "giving it to" that upstart social climber Warner Baxter.

Actually, I searched for this movie because I vaguely remembered seeing Fats Waller in it when it was shown on TV decades ago. So I was surprised how much I enjoyed Dixie Dunbar's tap dancing routine when I finally got to see it.


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