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The Stripper (1963)

Lila Green is an insecure and aging showgirl for Madame Olga's stage shows. When her boyfriend, Rick, runs off with the show's money, Madame Olga and Ronny let Lila go. Lila goes to stay ... See full summary »

Director:

Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)

Writers:

William Inge (play), Meade Roberts
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Joanne Woodward ... Lila Green
Richard Beymer ... Kenny Baird
Claire Trevor ... Helen Baird
Carol Lynley ... Miriam Caswell
Robert Webber ... Ricky Powers
Louis Nye ... Ronnie Cavendish
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Madame Olga
Michael J. Pollard ... Jelly
Sondra Blake ... Edwina (as Sondra Kerr)
Susan Brown ... Mrs. Mulvaney
Marlene De Lamater Marlene De Lamater ... Sandra Mulvaney
Gary Pagett Gary Pagett ... Dizzy
Ralph Lee Ralph Lee ... Sonny
Bing Russell ... Mr. Mulvaney
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Storyline

Lila Green is an insecure and aging showgirl for Madame Olga's stage shows. When her boyfriend, Rick, runs off with the show's money, Madame Olga and Ronny let Lila go. Lila goes to stay with her old neighbors, Helen Bard and her teenage son, Kenny. Lila decides to go out and get a regular job and try and live a normal life. All seems well, until Lila and Kenny stop fighting their attraction for one another. Written by Kelly

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The story of a girl...And the Men who led her to become "The Stripper"

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman in July See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1961, Natalie Wood was announced for this film (then called Celebration), as a re-teaming with her West Side Story co-star Richard Beymer. Presumably, she would played a beefed up version of supporting role that eventually went to Carol Lynley. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: Hey Lila! When I was a kid, did you used to kiss me goodnight?
Lila Green: You're not a kid anymore.
Kenny: You kissed me last night.
Lila Green: Like I was your big sister!
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Connections

Referenced in Far from Vietnam (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock and Roll Blues
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Written by Skip Martin
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Film has Marilyn written all over it
5 February 2016 | by bobvendSee all my reviews

Joanne Woodward is excellent in the role of down-on-her-luck performer Lila Green; her acting is natural and believable, even when her whimsical naive dreams briefly draw her away from the hard reality of her existence. It is easy to imagine her role being played by Marilyn Monroe, the actress for which this film was originally intended. Lila's circumstances seemed in tune with Monroe's real-life situation just prior to her death.

The supporting cast holds up well, especially Robert Webber as Woodward's sleazy 'manager', and Claire Treavor, who appears as though she hasn't aged a day since 'Key Largo' (1948). Although Richard Beymer is fine as Kenny, it would have been interesting to see what Pat Boone would have done with the role had he not turned it down; with his wholesome innocent quality, he might have made a more compellingly believable Kenny. All in all, a fine film for its time.


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