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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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Jack Oakie ...
Mona Barrie ...
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Connie
Dixie Dunbar ...
Marie
Gregory Ratoff ...
Kolpolpeck
Herbert Mundin ...
English Impresario
Fats Waller ...
Ben
Nick Long Jr. ...
Anthony Lamb
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Arthur
Charles Quigley ...
Stanley Drake
Paxton Sisters ...
Al Shaw ...
Lew Henkle (as Shaw)
Sam Lee ...
Gus Keefe (as Lee)
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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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3 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Rei dos Empresários  »

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(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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Pretty Baby
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Music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne
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Not A Waste of Time
22 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems many other contributing members are hypercritical of older films. Most films made in the 1930s and 1940s weren't meant to be memorable, just enjoyed for a brief time and then to be forgotten. Now television has resurrected them so people can look at them again.

This film is typical of the era in which it was made. I did notice that it has some plot devices which re-appear in later 20th Century-Fox films (some of which also featured Alice Faye): The low-class man aspiring to high society and "a dame with class" repeated in "Hello Frisco Hello" and "Nob Hill", and Faye's getting passed up for another woman, then going off to London to be a big success on the stage there. Never let it be said that Darryl Zanuck didn't get mileage out of his story lines.

Here we see Faye early in her career as a Jean Harlow knock-off, with platinum blonde hair and pencil-thin eyebrows. Not too long after this film, her appearance was normalized and she began singing in a lower key which made her voice so much richer. I think she was responsible for a whole new trend for female singers. Gone was the high-pitched, nasal sound, popular in the 1920s and early 30s.

For fans of tap dancing, you can watch Dixie Dunbar, whose career never amounted to much, and also there is a nice performance by juvenile Gareth Joplin, on a level equal to that of any adult performer, but who evidently did not have much of a film career either.


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