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King of Burlesque (1936)

Approved | | Drama , Musical | 3 January 1936 (USA)
Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Gene Markey (screen play), Harry Tugend (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Kerry Bolton
Alice Faye ... Pat Doran
Jack Oakie ... Joe Cooney
Mona Barrie ... Rosalind Cleve
Arline Judge ... Connie
Dixie Dunbar ... Marie
Gregory Ratoff ... Kolpolpeck
Herbert Mundin ... English Impresario
Fats Waller ... Ben
Nick Long Jr. ... Anthony Lamb
Kenny Baker ... Arthur
Charles Quigley ... Stanley Drake
Paxton Sisters Paxton Sisters ... Specialty Dancers
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Lew Henkle (as Shaw)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Gus Keefe (as Lee)
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Storyline

Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Roi du burlesque See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Remade in 1943 as Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) with John Payne in the lead role. Alice Faye and Jack Oakie reprised their "heroine" and "sidekick" roles in the remake. See more »

Goofs

Some of Bolton's employees are reading different newspapers. Marie, the switchboard operator, has a newspaper that's missing a letter from its headline: "ANKS WIN 7 IN A ROW". See more »

Connections

Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Shooting High
(1935)
(Published as "I'm Shooting High")
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Played during the opening and end credits and often in the score
Performed by Alice Faye (uncredited), Jack Oakie (uncredited), Al Shaw (uncredited), Sam Lee (uncredited) and Warner Baxter (uncredited)
Reprised by Alice Faye (uncredited) and Chorus
Also danced by Gareth Joplin (uncredited) and then by Nick Long Jr. (uncredited)
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Great '30s Musical
8 January 2007 | by gmbootheSee all my reviews

Entertaining Fox musical, reminiscent of the great Warners backstage musicals of the early 30's. It even features Warner Baxter in the title role. He, of course, played the production manager in "42nd Street," probably the best known of those Warners musicals. Some favorite moments: Alice Faye singing a brief "Whose Big Baby Are You?" in a rather brief outfit; The "Shooting High" number, with the group around a piano, has a pleasingly impromptu feel about it; Cute little Dixie Dunbar's great tap dancing, in a number featuring Fats Waller. Alice Faye was a wonderful performer who isn't as well known today as many stars from the golden age of Hollywood. You can catch this and other Alice Faye musicals if you have Fox Movie Channel.


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