Girl on the Run (December 15, 1953)

Renee DiMilo
 

Released on December 15, 1953: (running time 65 minutes) A girl hides out in a carnival as an exotic dancing girl because she and her boyfriend have been framed for murder.

Produced by Robert Presnell Sr.

Directed by Arthur J. Beckhard and Joseph Lee

The Actors: Richard Coogan (newspaper reporter Bill Martin), Rosemary Pettit (Janet, newspaper telephone switchboard operator), Frank Albertson (carnival barker Hank Saunders), Harry Bannister (Clay Reeves), Edith King (Lil, dancing girls house-mom), Charles Bolender (Blake, carnival owner), George Marsh (newspaper managaging editor), Renee De Milo (Gigi, Burlesque Star), Scott Hale (policeman), Steve McQueen (extra), John Krollers (Red), Marlow (Burlesque Girl), Mike O'Dowd (Bat Milligan, boxer), Joseph Sulivan (Marty)

 

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Mr. Big and the Dancing Girls

The first known nightclub in Philadelphia opened in 1884 as a hotel for Italian immigrants owned by Antonio Palumbo.  His grandson Frank Palumbo created a restaurant-nightclub on the second floor, and for many years in the period of this movie the bandleader was Carmen DePipi. His evening of music included dance numbers with scantily-clad young girls, and one of the most famous dancing girls was six-foot-four-inch tall Renee DeMilo. Renee was born in Latvia and immigrated to the United States with her family.

During the time that this movie was made she was the star of the ‘Mardi Gras to New Orleans’ dancing girl revue at Palumbo’s. Sometime after this movie was filmed she worked in Washington, D.C. I found an old Washington Post newspaper article about a 1950’s nightclub at 824 14th Street NW called the “Blue Mirror.” She was the burlesque star billed as “Six-Foot-Four-Inches of Sex, Song, and Satire.”

In this carnival adventure she is “Gigi,” the star of the carnival strip show. We will see more of Renee than most of the other actors, both literally and measured by on-screen minutes. The girl on the run, actress Rosemary Pettit, will hide from the bad guy by joining the dancing girls. The crime plot is not strong, but the time-machine peek at a 1953 travelling carnival is worth the price of admission. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.  

Charles Bolender
Charles Bolender
Charles Bolender, John Krollers
Charles Bolender, John Krollers
Charles Bolender, Renee DeMilo
Charles Bolender, Renee DeMilo
Charles Bolender
Charles Bolender
Charles Bolender
Charles Bolender
Edith King
Edith King
Frank Albertson
Frank Albertson
Frank Albertson, Richard Coogan
Frank Albertson, Richard Coogan
Harry Bannister
Harry Bannister
Harry Bannister, Rosemary Pettit
Harry Bannister, Rosemary Pettit
Harry Bannister
Harry Bannister
John Krollers
John Krollers
Renee DeMilo
Renee DeMilo
Renee DeMilo
Renee DeMilo
Renee de Milo
Renee de Milo
Renee de Milo, Richard Coogan
Renee de Milo, Richard Coogan
Richard Coogan
Richard Coogan
Richard Coogan
Richard Coogan
Rosemary Pettit
Rosemary Pettit
Rosemary Pettit, Edith King
Rosemary Pettit, Edith King
Rosemary Pettit, Edith King
Rosemary Pettit, Edith King
Rosemary Pettit
Rosemary Pettit
Scott Hale
Scott Hale
Scott Hale, Harry Bannister
Scott Hale, Harry Bannister
Scott Hale
Scott Hale
Scott Hale
Scott Hale