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Director:
Writers:
Gypsy Rose Lee (novel)
James Gunn (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 May 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
GIRLS and GAGS! MUSIC and MIRTH! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(5 articles)
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The Sublime B-movie See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Deborah Hoople, aka Dixie Daisy
Michael O'Shea ... Biff Brannigan
J. Edward Bromberg ... S.B. Foss
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
Janis Carter ... Janine

Gerald Mohr ... Louie Grindero
Bert Hanlon ... Sammy
Sidney Marion ... Joey - Comic
Lou Lubin ... Moey, the Candy Butcher
Lee Trent ... Comic
Don Lynn ... Comic
Fred Walburn ... Messenger Boy (as Freddie Walburn)
Isabel Withers ... Teletype Operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Auer ... Policewoman (uncredited)
Valmere Barman ... Chorine (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Carol Carrolton ... Chorine (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Jake (uncredited)
Gerry Coonen ... Chorine (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Cop (uncredited)
Joan Dale ... Chorine (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Detective (uncredited)
Mary Gail ... Chorine (uncredited)
Virginia Gardner ... Chorine (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Hank - Stagehand (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Cop in Courtroom Skit (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Beer Keg Deliveryman (uncredited)
Dave Kashner ... Cossack (uncredited)
Louise La Planche ... Chorine (uncredited)
Maxine Leslie ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Fingerprint Technician (uncredited)
Jean Longworth ... Chorine (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Beer Keg Deliveryman (uncredited)

Noel Neill ... (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Theater Night Watchman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Charlie - Bartender (uncredited)
Marjorie Raymond ... Chorine (uncredited)
Joette Robinson ... Chorine (uncredited)
Barbara Slater ... Chorine (uncredited)
Elinor Troy ... Chorine (uncredited)

Dan White ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Beal Wong ... James Wong - Waiter (uncredited)
Dallas Worth ... Chorine (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
Gypsy Rose Lee (novel "The G-String Murders")

James Gunn (screenplay)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Lange (music score)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
 
Casting by
Robert Stirling (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Joseph B. Platt  (as Joseph E. Platt)
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Costume Design by
Natalie Visart 
 
Makeup Department
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist: Ms. Stanwyck
Nina Roberts .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Gilpin .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Elois Jenssen .... art titles (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Althouse .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumes: Dixie
 
Editorial Department
James E. Newcom .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Daniel Dare .... dance director (as Danny Dare)
 
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91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Biff:What's the matter with comics?
Dixie:I went into show business when I was seven years old. Two days later the first comic I ever met stole my piggy bank in a railroad station in Portland. When I was 11 the comics were looking at my ankles. When I was 14 they were...just looking. When I was 20 I'd been stuck with enough lunch checks to pay for a three-story house. Naw, they're shiftless, dame-chasing, ambitionless...
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Sublime B-movie, 12 June 2003
Author: Pangborne

William Wellman, the man who brought you NOTHING SACRED, BEAU GESTE, ROXIE HART, THE PUBLIC ENEMY, A STAR IS BORN, and WINGS, brings you this neglected gem starring the one and only Barbara Stanwyck. Available for some reason in a thousand cheapie video bins for under five bucks, this 91 minute classic B-movie puts the B in sublime. An A-list group decided to adapt Gypsy Rose Lee's exploitation sex - murder - laughs novel for the silver screen, and the sheer joy brought to the tawdry enterprise somehow transmutes the base material - the murder plot was creaky for 1943 - into show-biz gold. When you think of old-fashioned entertainment, you are picturing LADY OF BURLESQUE, in which a maniac is killing the show-girls in a run-down burlesque theater, and a baggy-pants comic steadfastly pursues Barbara Stanwyck with wisecracks and dutch-treat dates. The real stars are the burlesque performers, lovable freaks from the Hollywood gutter spouting a hard-bitten patter with the nano-second timing of people who'd been doing this since their parents dragged them onto the vaudeville stage when they were three. Stanwyck was the only major screen queen from the thirties and forties who specialized in hopelessly vulgar heroines (see STELLA DALLAS and BABY FACE), but here she's the class act because she's the only one not trying to be classy. Her love interest is the wonderful Michael O'Shea, who plays the false nose comedian who falls for Stanwyck. Stanwyck puts a spin on the word "comic" that makes it sound like a four letter word. One scene above all others stakes this movie's claim to greatness - while in the middle of a hoary old comedy sketch, Stanwyck and O'Shea are interrupted by the off-stage wailings of a stripper being beaten up by her thug boyfriend. No one backstage will stop the brutality because they're all scared of the thug, so the onstage performers strike up the band and try to drown out the screams with an up-tempo musical number and improvised jitterbugging. Note, too, the big built blonde with the lisp who declares of the most recent murder "How gruethome!"

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