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Lady of Burlesque
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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:
One-of-a-Kind Mystery From a Gypsy Rose Lee Novel; Delightful Fun See more (47 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
It is commonly assumed that Craig Rice, mystery writer from the 1940s and roommate of Gypsy Rose Lee, ghost-wrote "The G-String Murders" for her. However, this has been disputed both on stylistic grounds and on the evidence of manuscripts.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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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
One-of-a-Kind Mystery From a Gypsy Rose Lee Novel; Delightful Fun, 26 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

Gypsy Rose Lee wrote several mystery novels. The most famous is "The G-String Murders", from which "Lady of Burlesque" was adapted. The novel is delightful, as many have noted, opening a window onto a lost world of performances and the lives of those who peopled it. Director William Wellman and writer James Gunn combined their talents with Bernard Herbzrun's inspired art direction to produce a wonderfully-mounted B/W classic of images, characters and mystery here. Heading the cast are dynamic Barbara Stanwyck, Marion Martin, Pinky Lee, J. Edward Bromberg as the policeman on the case and Michael O'Shea as the brash but lovable comic who pursues Stanwyck. The storyline involved rivalries, pretensions and tensions among the ladies of a burlesque troupe; the plot is about respect and how the characters plan to obtain it. The entry of a murderer into the performers' insular and fascinating world of performing and being apart from a society which finds them amusing, exotic and unknowable makes this an interesting "island" vehicle, one used for examining and exampling human values, ideas and actions. The rooftop sequences are still stunning; I find that the human values retain their potency to move and to interest. Stanwyck is marvelous, O'Shea and Pinky Lee perfect. Marion Martin and Iris Adrian, as well as Bromberg, get everything out of their parts that is there, and then some. One-of-a-kind because of Miss Lee's authenticity. faithfully reproduced on screen with swift pace and intelligence. Highly recommended for its atmosphere and for much, much more.

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