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Behind the Burly Q (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 April 2010 (USA)
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An impressive number of veteran strippers are interviewed here, offering their memories. Also on hand are Lou Costello's daughter, and Alan Alda. He's introduced here as "son of Robert Alda... See full summary »


Leslie Zemeckis


Leslie Zemeckis
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Credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Himself (archive footage)
Alan Alda ... Himself
Joan Arline Joan Arline ... Herself - 'The Sexquire Girl'
Beverly Arlynne Beverly Arlynne ... Herself
Al Baker Jr. Al Baker Jr. ... Himself - Son of Al Baker Sr.
Nat Bodian Nat Bodian ... Himself - Historian
Ron Bottitta ... Character Voices
Maria Bradley Maria Bradley ... Herself
Sherry Britton Sherry Britton ... Herself (archive footage)
Carmela Carmela ... Herself
Walt Collins Walt Collins ... Himself - Son of Lee Stuart
Chris Costello Chris Costello ... Herself - Daughter of Lou Costello
Lou Costello ... Himself (archive footage)
Candy Cotton Candy Cotton ... Herself
Ricki Covette Ricki Covette ... Herself


An impressive number of veteran strippers are interviewed here, offering their memories. Also on hand are Lou Costello's daughter, and Alan Alda. He's introduced here as "son of Robert Alda", and only later is it established that the senior Alda was a small-time burlesque comedian and singer. I wish that this documentary had mentioned that Robert Alda later had a more prestigious career in Hollywood films and Broadway musicals. Alan Alda offers some candid memories of his childhood as the son of a burlesque performer. Written by AnonymousB

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Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,958, 25 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,859, 17 October 2010
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Did You Know?


The Stripper
Written by David Rose
Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
Courtesy of State Records
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Behind the Burly Q is an interesting look at the burlesque days of yore
24 October 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having previously seen many vintage movies featuring many burlesque strippers doing their stuff, I was very interested in watching this doc directed by Leslie Zemeckis (yes, the wife of Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis who is listed as an executive producer here) of that time when it seemed burlesque was king, at least in the cities that allowed it to be performed. Liked the account of actor Alan Alda's telling of his dad-Robert Alda's-experience as a singer and straight man there. Also was touched with Chris Costello-daughter of Lou Costello-and her account of her dad's tragedy of having his infant son drowning while he was supposed to do his radio show which he did despite that happening especially when they showed the baby's picture. And then there's the audio of one Blaze Starr-the woman who was once involved with my state's (Louisiana) governor Earl Long-who died last June. The interviews seem to have a haphazard quality as it goes from one tangent to another. Still, Ms. Zemeckis has nothing to be ashamed about in covering this long-neglected subject of this part of the entertainment world from days gone by being recorded now. So on that note, Behind the Burly Q is highly recommended.

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