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Lady of Burlesque (1943)

After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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J. Edward Bromberg ...
Iris Adrian ...
Gee Gee Graham
Gloria Dickson ...
Dolly Baxter
Victoria Faust ...
Lolita La Verne
Stephanie Bachelor ...
The Princess Nirvena
Charles Dingle ...
Inspector Harrigan
Marion Martin ...
Alice Angel
Pete Gordon ...
Officer Pat Kelly (as Eddie Gordon)
Frank Fenton ...
Russell Rogers
Pinky Lee ...
Mandy
Frank Conroy ...
'Stacchi' Stacciaro
Lew Kelly ...
The Hermit
Claire Carleton ...
Sandra
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Sassy Dixie Daisy is the hot new attraction at a former opera house that's been turned into a burlesque theater. She's popular with the customers, although not with Lolita La Verne, a stuck-up diva who was hoping she'd get the top spot. Also complicating matters is the return of the Princess Nirvena, the show's former star who once had a fling with the boss. When the Princess blackmails her way into the top spot, Dixie is none too pleased. When both Lolita and the Princess are murdered, Dixie becomes a prime suspect. She then sets up a trap to nail the real killer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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1 May 1943 (USA)  »

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The G-String Murders  »

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A studio plot synopsis indicates that the film originally contained the following opening scene: Burlesque dancers "Dixie Daisy" and "Gee Gee Graham" perform in Columbus, Ohio. While eating breakfast in a cafeteria one morning they read the tea leaves in the bottom of their cups, and see a trip and violent death predicted for their future. Just then Dixie receives a telegram from burlesque impresario "S.B. Foss" inviting her to perform at his theater in New York. Dixie makes her debut a week later. As this scene was not included in the viewed print, and is not referred to in reviews, it may have been cut prior to the film's press preview. See more »

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Dixie comes off stage in one costume and goes to the dressing room where the body is found. When the performers are questioned by the police, Dixie is in an entirely different costume. See more »

Quotes

Lolita La Verne: The next time you girls pull something like that don't do it during my act. You know its tough enough doing something artistic for those lugs out there with you and Dolly calling yourselves by your right names.
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Excellent and underrated.
17 April 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I did once read the book "The G-String Murders" and want to make

a few things clear: in the book the character name of Dixie Daisy is

"Gypsy Rose Lee". If I recall correctly, the book was amusing but

thin and the movie is a considerable improvement on it.

Also, if I recall correctly, Gypsy was an "intellectual" stripper who

showed a minimum of skin and so the movie was not inaccurate

in that respect.

Stanwyck showed, not only versatility, but a considerable amount

of warmth in the part of Dixie, qualities which the original Gypsy

also had. (I had a friend, now deceased, who worked with Gypsy

for a time and he spoke about her a great deal and with much

admiration.)

I thought Michael O'Shea was excellent as the comic Biff and Pinky

Lee fit into the backstage ambiance beautifully. The "mystery" was

of almost no interest but this is besides the point. The

photography was also very interesting and added to the sleazy

backstage atmosphere.


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