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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)
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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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Movie Connections:
References Cocoanut Grove (1938)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take It Off the E-String, Put It On the G-StringSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Stanwyck heads enviable cast in salty look backstage at a grind house, 1 July 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Did the movies ever produce a trouper more versatile than Barbara Stanwyck, a seasoned pro who not only could do anything handed to her but did them all superlatively well? Her long career encompasses melodramas, weepers, screwball comedy, noir, even Westerns. In Lady of Burlesque she sings, breaks into a variety of dance steps, and even turns a cartwheel (and if a stunt double did it for her, the editing is virtuoso). She's far and away the best thing in the movie, which is saying a lot: Lady of Burlesque is a breakneck carnival ride of a movie.

It's based on The G-String Murders, a light mystery penned by society stripper Gypsy Rose Lee (her own story became legend in Gypsy, and her sister. Baby June, became actress June Havoc). But the mystery emerges late and, like the obligatory love angle, doesn't unduly detract from the movie's main business, which is a salty and affectionate reminiscence of the autumn of vaudeville's ne'er-do-well stepsister, burlesque, set, like all the best show-biz stories, backstage.

William Wellman gets things popping right off the bat, in a Ziegfeld-Follies like number in which one of the prancing chorines keeps trying to blow her Veronica-Lake locks out of her face. Then there's a fast seque into Stanwyck's `Take It Off The E-String (Play It On The G-String),' then upstairs to the horror of a dressing room where the big, pale girls gussy themselves up and rip one another up one side and down the other. Their smart, snapping mouths recall the bitchiest exchanges in Stage Door, another racy peek into stage life after the curtain's rung down (among the grind-house queens are Iris Adrian, Victoria Faust, Janis Carter and Stephanie Bachelor). Another dressing room houses the men – the comics with their wide pants and tiny hats (Pinky Lee among them); Wellman even throws in some of their hoary routines but counterpoints them against offstage action to offset their stale-popcorn fustiness.

Police raids and gangster boyfriends, professional jealousies and box-office worries play as much a role in the movie as a series of ecdysiasts strangled with their own beadwork. With Wellman at the helm and an enviable if not, apart from Stanwyck, especially starry cast, Lady of Burlesque delivers lots more than it promises.

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