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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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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 »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
User Reviews:
Wonderful Surprise 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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
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:
Referenced in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)See more »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Surprise, 5 April 2004
Author: Frank Miller (frnklin2001@att.net) from Atlanta, GA

I'd never seen this film, and now I'm sorry it's taken me so long to catch up with it. It's a wonderfully rich look at life in a burlesque house, with Barbara Stanwyck as the star stripper and a great supporting cast of chorus girl types (including the incomparable Iris Adrian as her best friend). Stanwyck sings, I think for the only time on film, and dances with an impressive athleticism. And the scenes backstage and during the police interrogation, with the performers in a variety of outlandish costumes, have a wonderfully surreal quality reinforced by the films hermetic qualities (even the exteriors were shot on the sound stage).

But what's really wonderful about the film is the depiction of the burlesque people as an extended family who overcome their differences and pull together when the future of their theatre is threatened. With the preponderance of women in the dressing room, the film is also surprisingly ahead of its time in its depiction of female bonding. It really deserves the same cult status as Dorothy Arzner's "Dance, Girl, Dance."

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