Sunset Murder Case (November 11, 1938)
Released on January 6, 1938: (running time 1 hour) Burlesque Bubble Dancer Sally Rand's final motion picture - Kathy O'Connor becomes a burlesque dancer, searching for the killer of her father.
Produced by George A. Hirliman
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier
Written by Paul Franklin, Arthur Hoerl and Lawrence Mease from a magazine story by Jarold Joyce
The Actors: Sally Rand (Kathy O'Connor, Valerie), Esther Muir (Lora Stephani), Vince Barnett (Barney, Bapti henchman), Paul Sutton (Bapti Stephani, Club Harmony nightclub owner), Lona Andre (Nita Madera, dancer at Club Harmony), Mary Brodel (Jane Baird, chorus girl at Club Harmony), George Douglas (Carlo Rossmore, movie actor), Reed Hadley (Oliver Halton, investigator for prosecutor's office), Kathryn Kane (Penny Nichols, nightclub singer), Dennis Moore (Lou Fleming, reporter for the Globe Bulletin), Frank O'Connor (Detective Sergeant Tom O'Connor), Stanley Price (Eddie Martin, Bapti henchman), Henry King (himself, orchestra leader), Bruce Mitchell (Everett), Lester Dorr (editor), Eddie Gordon (Rankin), Monte Carter (Staufer, attorney), Bill Duray (intern), Brooks Benedict (unknown), Jean Carmen (chorus girl)
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The Sunset Strip Showgirl and the Gangster
The star of this adventure was arrested more times than most gangsters. During the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair she was arrested four times in one day, during four performances.
William Beck was a graduate of West Point, and a retired U.S. Army Colonel, but his daughter Hattie Helen Gould Beck fell in love with the stage. At the age of thirteen she got a job as a chorus girl at the Kansas City Empress Theater. Cecil B. DeMille hired Hattie her for work in silent motion pictures, and changed her name to Sally Rand.
Sally Rand enjoyed teasing men with two famous, or infamous, erotic dances, and you will see them both in this story. Of course, by 1938 when this movie was filmed, the Hays Office was censoring every part of motion pictures, so her dances were performed while she was wearing clothing.
She made the bubble dance famous, by dancing around and behind a huge rubber balloon, often wearing nothing but makeup designed by Max Factor. Her other famous dance was the fan dance, where she played peek-a-boo with her body using a huge feather fan.
In this story she is Kathy O’Connor, the daughter of Police Detective Sergeant Tom O’Connor. When her father is murdered by a local gangster who owns a nightclub featuring erotic dancers, she volunteers to become an erotic dancer at the club and try to infiltrate the gang to discover who killed her father. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Dennis Moore, Kathryn Kane
Esther Muir, Sally Rand
Esther Muir, Vince Barnett
Frank O'Connor, Dennis Moore, Reed Hadley
Frank O'Connor, Dennis Moore
Kathryn Kane, Henry King
Kathyrn Kane, Sally Rand
Paul Sutton, Esther Muir
Paul Sutton, Sally Rand
Reed Hadley, Dennis Moore, Sally Rand
Reed Hadley, Frank O'Connor
Sally Rand, Esther Muir
Sally Rand, Reed Hadley
Paul Sutton, Sally Rand