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Lady of Burlesque -- Sassy Dixie Daisy is the hot new attraction at a former opera house that's been turned into a burlesque theater...

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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)
User Reviews:
An Almost Forgotten Gem 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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Runtime:
91 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
According to October 15, 1941 news item in Hollywood Reporter, producer David O. Selznick had taken out an option on Gypsy Rose Lee's novel for $1,000 against a $25,000 purchase price and that he was to test Lee for the starring role in the film. Other Hollywood Reporter news item indicate that Selznick was planning to loan producer John Houseman to Unitied Artists for production, that the book option was later picked up by United Artists for $25,000 asking price, and that Joseph Cotten was considered for a lead role in 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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Referenced in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)See more »
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52 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
An Almost Forgotten Gem, 1 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

The most surprising thing about LADY OF BURLESQUE was that it got made at all. Burlesque was all but dead by 1942, shut out of most towns and cities by relentless moral crusaders, and Hollywood itself was mired in the infamous "production code," which put a heavy lid on what could and could not be shown on screen. But burlesque had spawned a number of stars who remained favorites with public, and in 1941 the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee penned a book called THE G-STRING MURDERS. It proved extremely popular, and a year later United Artists took a chance on the film project.

True enough, the movie couldn't show the strippers in action or play out the bawdy comic sketches so popular in burlesque, but writer James Gunn turned in a superior script, and director William Wellman and his cast gave the whole thing tremendous dash and style. The result was a movie that captured the seedy, underworld-edged world of burlesque without actually causing censors to yank it from distribution.

In theory, LADY OF BURLESQUE is a murder mystery, but mystery takes a back seat to the brawling backstage antics of crossed love affairs and star rivalry. Barbara Stanwyck endows star stripper "Dixie Daisy" with her own memorable brand of tough class--and although she can only be shown from the waist up when she bumps and grinds, she still manages to tear strips off her musical number "Play It On The G-String." The rest of the cast is equally memorable, many of them burlesque stars in their own right. Pinky Lee (Mandy) is memorably teamed with Marion Martin (Alice Angel) to delightful effect; Iris Adrian (Gee-Gee)is the gum smacking brash blonde to end all gum smacking brash blondes; and such memorable character actors as Michael O'Shea (Biff), Gloria Dickson (Dolly), and J. Edward Bromberg (Foss) round out the cast superbly.

Sad to say, LADY OF BURLESQUE has fallen into public domain, and it has not been well preserved. I have seen several releases of the film, and all of them are plagued with breaks in the film and the soundtrack. LADY OF BURLESQUE may never be regarded as a "great" film, but it is an extremely entertaining one, particularly for those who already know something about the now-lost world of burlesque. As one character says, "Makes me want to leave the wife!" Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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