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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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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
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
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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 
Visual Effects by
Matthew A. Ward .... title design
Camera and Electrical Department
C.B. Bissell .... additional photography
Sheri Hellard .... director of photography
Editorial Department
Demetrios Skodras .... editorial assistant
David Joshua Smith .... colorist (as David J. Smith)
Music Department
Bill Pearson .... music recordist
Joel Sill .... executive music producer
Other crew
Ryan Lasky .... researcher

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USA:97 min
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5 out of 5 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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