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Lady of Burlesque (February 5, 1943)

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Lady of Burlesque
 

Released on February 5, 1943: There is murder at the opera house turned burlesque theater, and Dixie Daisy (Barbara Stanwyck), the sizzling new dancer, is right in the middle of the action.

Produced by Hunt Stromberg

Directed by William A. Wellman

The Actors: Barbara Stanwyck (Deborah Hoople, aka Dixie Daisy), Michael O'Shea (Biff Brannigan), Iris Adrian (Gee Gee Graham), Charles Dingle (Inspector Harrigan), J. Edward Bromberg (S.B. Foss), Frank Conroy ('Stacchi' Stacciaro), Victoria Faust (Lolita La Verne), Gloria Dickson (Dolly Baxter), Marion Martin (Alice Angel), Frank Fenton (Russell Rogers), Stephanie Bachelor (The Princess Nirvena), Pinky Lee (Mandy), Eddie Gordon (Officer Pat Kelly), Janis Carter (Janine), Lou Lubin (Moey the Candy Butcher), Gerald Mohr (Louie Grindero), Bert Hanlon (Sammy), Claire Carleton (Sandra), George Chandler (Jake), Lee Trent (comic), Don Lynn (comic), Florence Auer (policewoman), Valmere Barman (chorine), Ted Billings (man in audience), Eddie Borden (man in audience), Carol Carrolton (chorine), Gerry Coonen (chorine), Kernan Cripps (cop), Joan Dale (chorine), Joe Devlin (detective), Mary Gail (chorine), Virginia Gardner (chorine), Kit Guard (Hank, stagehand), Chuck Hamilton (cop in the courtroom skit), Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian (beer keg deliveryman), Dave Kashner (Cossack), Lew Kelly (the hermit), Louise La Planche (chorine), Maxine Leslie (dancer), George Lloyd (fingerprint technician), Jean Longworth (chorine), Sidney Marion (Joey, comic), Frank Moran (beer keg deliveryman), Noel Neill (bit part), Bob Perry (theater night watchman), Lee Phelps (Charlie the bartender), Marjorie Raymond (chorine), Joette Robinson (chorine), Barbara Slater (chorine), Elinor Troy (chorine), Fred Walburn (messenger boy), Dan White (man in audience), Isabel Withers (teletype operator), Beal Wong (James Wong, waiter)

 

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Goils, Gangsters, Comics, and Killers

So many good 'teaser' titles for this story. I could mention “The G-String Murders,” which is the title of ┬áthe book written by Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous burlesque queen. This movie is a screen adaptation of that novel. I could talk about the singing stripper and her mama, or the Princess from Toledo, or the comic and the Queen.

I could tease this story many titillating ways, but the truth is, with or without all of the burlesque background, this is one of the best murder mystery stories to be put on film. The legendary Barbara Stanwyck plays the part of burlesque girl Dixie Daisy, caught in the middle of romance and murder. She just joined a burlesque show in an old opera house in New York City and is having a great time entertaining the standing room only crowds.

One night during her performance the cops fill the back of the room preparing for a raid, and all the performers rush for the exits. Dixie runs to the basement looking for a place to hide when a pair of hands comes out from behind a curtain and begin strangling her. The burlesque stripper screams as the hands close ever tighter around her neck. Suddenly, a police woman rushes down the steps and Dixie drops to the floor as the strangler lets loose and disappears into the shadows.

This all happens in the first minutes, not the climax. We’ve only just begun to experience the terror of murder in the old burlesque theater. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck and Gloria Dickson
Barbara Stanwyck and Gloria Dickson
Barbara Stanwyck and Stephanie Bachelor
Barbara Stanwyck and Stephanie Bachelor
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck kisses Michael O'Shea
Barbara Stanwyck kisses Michael O'Shea
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Beal Wong
Beal Wong
Bert Hanlon and Stephanie Bachelor
Bert Hanlon and Stephanie Bachelor
Bert Hanlon
Bert Hanlon finds the body
Bert Hanlon
Bert Hanlon
Charles Dingle and J. Edward Bromberg
Charles Dingle and J. Edward Bromberg
Charles Dingle
Charles Dingle
Frank Conroy and Beal Wong
Frank Conroy and Beal Wong
Lew Kelly and Frank Conroy
Lew Kelly and Frank Conroy
Frank Fenton and Charles Dingle
Frank Fenton and Charles Dingle
Frank Fenton and Michael O'Shea
Frank Fenton and Michael O'Shea
Frank Fenton
Frank Fenton
Frank Fenton
Frank Fenton
Gerald Mohr
Gerald Mohr
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson, Stephanie Bachelor and Charles Dingle
Gloria Dickson, Stephanie Bachelor and Charles Dingle
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian and Barbara Stanwyck
Iris Adrian and Barbara Stanwyck
Iris Adrian and Barbara Stanwyck
Iris Adrian and Barbara Stanwyck
Iris Adrian and Gloria Dickson
Iris Adrian and Gloria Dickson
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
J. Edward Bromberg
J. Edward Bromberg
J. Edward Bromberg
J. Edward Bromberg
J. Edward Bromberg
J. Edward Bromberg
Lew Kelly
Lew Kelly
Lou Lubin
Lou Lubin
Lou Lubin
Lou Lubin
Lou Lubin
Lou Lubin
Marion Martin
Marion Martin
Marion Martin and Iris Adrian
Marion Martin and Iris Adrian
Marion Martin and Pinky Lee
Marion Martin and Pinky Lee
Marion Martin in costume
Marion Martin in costume
Marion Martin proposes to Pinky Lee
Marion Martin proposes to Pinky Lee
Marion Martin
Marion Martin
Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea and Frank Fenton
Michael O'Shea and Frank Fenton
Michael O'Shea and Pete Gordon
Michael O'Shea and Pete Gordon
Michael O'Shea and Barbara Stanwyck
Michael O'Shea and Barbara Stanwyck
Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea
Pete Gordon and Marion Martin
Pete Gordon and Marion Martin
Pete Gordon and Marion Martin
Pete Gordon and Marion Martin
Pinky Lee
Pinky Lee
Pinky Lee and Barbara Stanwyck
Pinky Lee and Barbara Stanwyck
Pinky Lee and Marion Martin
Pinky Lee and Marion Martin
Pinky Lee and Michael O'Shea
Pinky Lee and Michael O'Shea
Pinky Lee
Pinky Lee
Pinky Lee
Pinky Lee
Stephanie Bachelor
Stephanie Bachelor
Stephanie Bachelor and Bert Hanlon
Stephanie Bachelor and Bert Hanlon
Stephanie Bachelor
Stephanie Bachelor
The Chorine Girls
The Chorine Girls
Victoria Faust argues with Barbara Stanwyck
Victoria Faust argues with Barbara Stanwyck
Victoria Faust
Victoria Faust
Victoria Faust
Victoria Faust