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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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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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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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Drama | Musical

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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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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

Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey and Maceo Pinkard
Music played for a skit and danced by Alice Faye and the Paxton Sisters
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Friends help a broke Broadway producer to put on a show
30 September 2006 | by jpickerelSee all my reviews

Contains a cast of veteran (by then) actors and actresses, whose combined presence would normally be counted on to produce a top notch musical, but is somehow lacking the punch to put it completely over the top. The writing isn't really crisp, either; Jack Oakie could have phoned this one in. Neither is the music itself memorable, although the closer, "Who's Big Baby are You?" might have had you humming on the way out of the theater. Bright spots were few, but a Fats Waller number is something to look for, and Mona Barrie is fine as the calculating Broadway socialite. Perhaps this is one that would really benefit from being seen on the big screen. Television doesn't do it justice, maybe.


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