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Lady of Burlesque (1943)

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.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Gypsy Rose Lee (novel), James Gunn (screenplay)
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Cast

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 Pete Gordon ... Officer Pat Kelly (as Eddie Gordon)
Frank Fenton ... Russell Rogers
Pinky Lee Pinky Lee ... Mandy
Frank Conroy ... 'Stacchi' Stacciaro
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... The Hermit
Claire Carleton ... Sandra
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G-String Murders See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to October 15, 1941 news item in Hollywood Reporter, producer David O. Selznick had taken out an option on Gypsy Rose Lee's novel for $1,000 against a $25,000 purchase price and that he was to test Lee for the starring role in the film. Other Hollywood Reporter news item indicate that Selznick was planning to loan producer John Houseman to Unitied Artists for production, that the book option was later picked up by United Artists for $25,000 asking price ($400,000 in 2018), and that Joseph Cotten was considered for a lead role in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dixie and Biff are at the bar after the raid, the amount of beer in Biff's glass keeps changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Biff: [discover a dead burlesque dancer in the closet] Look, around her neck.
Dixie: It's her g-string.
Biff: It ain't there for an ornament either.
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One-of-a-Kind Mystery From a Gypsy Rose Lee Novel; Delightful Fun
26 June 2005 | by silverscreen888See all my reviews

Gypsy Rose Lee wrote several mystery novels. The most famous is "The G-String Murders", from which "Lady of Burlesque" was adapted. The novel is delightful, as many have noted, opening a window onto a lost world of performances and the lives of those who peopled it. Director William Wellman and writer James Gunn combined their talents with Bernard Herbzrun's inspired art direction to produce a wonderfully-mounted B/W classic of images, characters and mystery here. Heading the cast are dynamic Barbara Stanwyck, Marion Martin, Pinky Lee, J. Edward Bromberg as the policeman on the case and Michael O'Shea as the brash but lovable comic who pursues Stanwyck. The storyline involved rivalries, pretensions and tensions among the ladies of a burlesque troupe; the plot is about respect and how the characters plan to obtain it. The entry of a murderer into the performers' insular and fascinating world of performing and being apart from a society which finds them amusing, exotic and unknowable makes this an interesting "island" vehicle, one used for examining and exampling human values, ideas and actions. The rooftop sequences are still stunning; I find that the human values retain their potency to move and to interest. Stanwyck is marvelous, O'Shea and Pinky Lee perfect. Marion Martin and Iris Adrian, as well as Bromberg, get everything out of their parts that is there, and then some. One-of-a-kind because of Miss Lee's authenticity. faithfully reproduced on screen with swift pace and intelligence. Highly recommended for its atmosphere and for much, much more.


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