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King of Burlesque (1936)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Oakie ...
Mona Barrie ...
Dixie Dunbar ...
Gregory Ratoff ...
Herbert Mundin ...
English Impresario
Fats Waller ...
Nick Long Jr. ...
Anthony Lamb
Charles Quigley ...
Stanley Drake
Paxton Sisters ...
Al Shaw ...
Lew Henkle (as Shaw)
Sam Lee ...
Gus Keefe (as Lee)


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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Release Date:

3 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Rei dos Empresários  »

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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Routine backstage saga with production numbers in final 15 minutes

This is a routine backstage story. Warner Baxter is a producer of burlesque shows on NYC's 14th street - he is known as the King of Burlesque - but his sites are set higher. He wants to conquer Broadway with legit shows and marry a classy dame. Well, he achieves it all, including a marriage to cold Mona Barrie (who uses him to provide her with the luxury her dead spouse took with him while seeing her current boyfriend). Long-suffering "pal" Alice Faye must look on while Baxter indulges himself in this nonsense, then she heads for London and a successful career, only to return at the eleventh hour to save the now divorced and bankrupt Baxter with the bucks to stage a new show. The fun is all in the three final production numbers, two of which (LOVELY LADY and TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE) were nominated for Choreography Oscars, although the former consists of girls in swings high above the audience doing nothing but swinging. Tiny Dixie Dunbar sings and dances the latter number with Fats Waller on piano and a male dancing chorus - the best sequence in the film. The hit song, Shooting High, was not nominated for an Oscar. There are six songs: Shooting High; Lovely Lady; Spreading Rhythm Around; Too Good To Be True; Whose Big Baby Are You?; and I Love To Ride The Horses. All in all pleasant and enjoyable but don't go out of your way to see it.

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