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Behind the Burly Q -- Behind the Burly Q reveals the true story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance.


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Bud Abbott ... Himself (archive footage)

Alan Alda ... Himself
Joan Arline ... Herself - 'The Sexquire Girl'
Beverly Arlynne ... Herself
Al Baker Jr. ... Himself - Son of Al Baker Sr.
Nat Bodian ... Himself - Historian

Ron Bottitta ... Character Voices
Maria Bradley ... Herself
Sherry Britton ... Herself (archive footage)
Carmela ... Herself
Walt Collins ... Himself - Son of Lee Stuart
Chris Costello ... Herself - Daughter of Lou Costello

Lou Costello ... Himself (archive footage)
Candy Cotton ... Herself
Ricki Covette ... Herself
Janet M. Davis ... Author
Kelly Dinardo ... Herself

Dixie Evans ... Herself

Sid Fields ... Himelf (archive footage)
White Fury ... Herself
Rita Grable ... Herself
Alexandra the Great '48 ... Herself
Leroy C. Griffith ... Himself - Theater Owner
The Hilton Sisters ... Themselves (archive footage)
Mike Iannucci ... Himself - Husband of Ann Corio
Helen Imbugia ... Herself - Daughter of 'Bingo' Bingler
Sara Jacobs ... Herself - Curator, Museum of Sex
Dee Ann Johnston ... Herself - Daughter of Rod Johnston
David Kruh ... Himself - Author
Rose La Rose ... Herself (archive footage)
Daphne Lake ... Herself
June Lee ... Herself
Lorraine Lee ... Herself
April March ... Herself

Amber Gainey Meade ... Actress (voice)
Lady Midnight ... Herself
Tony Midnite ... Himself
Terry Mixon ... Herself
Carole Nelson ... Herself - Neice of Ann Corio
Vicki O'Day ... Herself
Taffy O'Neil ... Herself
Dardy Orlando ... Herself
John Perilli ... Himself - Musician

Sally Rand ... Herself (archive footage)
Sean Rand ... Himself - Son of Sally Rand
T.T. Red ... Herself
Mimi Reed ... Herself
Lily Ann Rose ... Herself
Kathleen Ross ... Herself - Sister of Margie Hart

Betty Rowland ... Herself
La Savona ... Herself
Cyrese Sciandra ... Herself - Daughter of April March
Sequin ... Herself
Rachel Shteir ... Herself, Author
Barry Siegfried ... Himself - Son of Mara Gaye
Janet Sovey ... Herself

Lili St. Cyr ... Herself (archive footage)

Blaze Starr ... Herself (also archive footage)
Edward Allen Stewart ... Himself

Tempest Storm ... Herself
Lee Stuart ... Himself
Joni Taylor ... Herself
Val Valentine ... Herself
Renald von Muchow ... Himself
Susan Weis ... Herself - Niece of Sally Keith
Kitty West ... Herself

Directed by
Leslie Zemeckis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leslie Zemeckis 

Produced by
Donnalee Austen .... associate producer
Sheri Hellard .... producer
Jackie Levine .... producer
Leslie Zemeckis .... producer
Robert Zemeckis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Phil Marshall 
Film Editing by
Evan Finn 
Makeup Department
Sara Chameides .... makeup artist for Ms. Zemeckis and Ms. Hellard
Sound Department
Thomas Giordano .... 2nd boom operator (as Tom Giordano)
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Cary Weitz .... 1st boom operator
Visual Effects by
Matthew A. Ward .... title design
Camera and Electrical Department
C.B. Bissell .... additional photography
Sheri Hellard .... director of photography
Editorial Department
Fabienne Rawley .... additional editing
Demetrios Skodras .... editorial assistant (as Demetrios 'Jimmy' Skodras)
David Joshua Smith .... colorist (as David J. Smith)
Music Department
Lisa Bauman-Wasiak .... music clearance
Marylou Eales .... music coordinator
William Pearson .... music recordist (as Bill Pearson)
Joel Sill .... executive music producer
Other crew
Shyam Balsé .... research
Bob Betha .... collections from
Chris Browne .... research
Ted F. Gerdes .... legal services
Robert Johnston Jr. .... collections from
Dee Ann Johnston .... collections from
David Krum .... collections from
Ryan Lasky .... research
Ryan Lasky .... researcher
Sean Rand .... collections from
T.T. Red .... collections from
Will Sherrod .... research
Barry Siegfried .... collections from
David J. Smith .... colorist
Ian Stokes .... research
Lee Stuart .... collections from
Val Valentine .... collections from
Steve Weinstein .... collections
Susan Weise .... collections
Leslie Zemeckis .... collections from
Anne Azzarti .... special thanks
Steve Boyd .... special thanks
Ryan Chan .... special thanks
Doug Chiang .... special thanks
Dorothy Coleman .... very special thank you
Loomis Dean .... special thanks
John Dominis .... special thanks
R. Orlando Duenas .... special thanks (as Orlando Duenas)
Rolf Fleischmann .... special thanks
David Jackal .... special thanks
Joe Mazzone .... special thanks
Lilia Rocha .... special thanks
Betty Jane Rose .... special thanks
Steve Starkey .... special thanks
Fred Traube .... special thanks
Rosanie Valeriano .... special thanks
Mike Wallace .... special thanks
Angela Rose White .... special thanks
Mary Yates .... special thanks (as Mary Walace)

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Let me entertain you...., 21 December 2012
Author: U.N. Owen from NYC

My hats off to these women (some, sadly, since the making of the film, have left us).

Growing up in NYC, we've had always had a 'reputation' - and, part of it was of our burlesque theatres.

Thank goodness the makers of this terrific documentary were able to give these women the chance to reminisce, and film their terrific stories.

One thing I came away with from Behind The Burly Q, is how these women WERE 'women's rights' before there was such a thing.

But, it's only after this period of time, that we can look back and say something like that.

These women were NOT the 'strippers' (Ahem!) of today.

These women - who can probably talk bluer than a truck driver - are feminine, but, they're TOUGH.

They don't let ANYONE boss them around.

They had a job, and they did it.

Some of these women are still holding grudges against others, all these years later.

For the most part, these women keep up their femininity - and while age might have slowed their bodies down a bit, their minds' are revving at top speed.

If you're interested in the history of 'adult' entertainment' (and understand the difference between vaudeville & burlesque, and their off-spring - or want to), this is a great way to spend some time.

Pull up a chair, and let these mesmerising women do a few tricks, some old and then some new tricks - they're very versatile.

And if you're real good, they WILL make you feel good, they want your spirit to climb.

So let them entertain you, and you'll have a real good time.

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