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Barbara Stanwyck In "Lady of Burlesque" A Striptease Murder Mystery! (1943)

Lady of Burlesque (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Mystery | 1 May 1943 (USA)
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.


William A. Wellman


Gypsy Rose Lee (novel), James Gunn (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Lew Kelly ... The Hermit
Claire Carleton ... Sandra


Sassy Dixie Daisy is the hot new attraction at a former opera house that's been turned into a burlesque theater. She's popular with the customers, although not with Lolita La Verne, a stuck-up diva who was hoping she'd get the top spot. Also complicating matters is the return of the Princess Nirvena, the show's former star who once had a fling with the boss. When the Princess blackmails her way into the top spot, Dixie is none too pleased. When both Lolita and the Princess are murdered, Dixie becomes a prime suspect. She then sets up a trap to nail the real killer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Music...Mystery...Murder...! See more »


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Did You Know?


The characters of Biff Brannigan and Gee Gee Graham were based on Rags Ragland (who was Gypsy Rose Lee boyfriend) and Georgia Sothern (who was Lee's closest friend in burlesque). See more »


Dixie comes off stage in one costume and goes to the dressing room where the body is found. When the performers are questioned by the police, Dixie is in an entirely different costume. See more »


Dixie: I'm not working burlesque for laughs. This little girl's got her way to make in the world. When you brought me here you promised me the moon. Now, I'm getting green cheese and not liking it. Why? I've been doing all right. My face hasn't fallen apart since yesterday?
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Referenced in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »


Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Surprising, light-hearted comedy
13 January 2004 | by jeffcoatSee all my reviews

Nothing deep here, but that's good. A light-hearted comedy in the guise of a mystery. Don't expect to be mystified, the "mystery" only serves as a vehicle for the comedy and a rather believable romance. Barbara Stanwyck, though 36 years old, looks much younger. Her part was rather vivacious, risque, and revealing for a 1943 movie. The lady could act!

The image on the DVD is generally very good, but there are several places where a few "frames" are missing, causing disquieting "jumps", but still, a good investment of time, if only to enjoy watching Miss Stanwyck smile and wiggle.

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Release Date:

1 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G-String Murders See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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