Lady of Burlesque

Lady of Burlesque


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Lady of Burlesque

Barbara Stanwyck shines in her second portrayal of a showgirl in less than two years (the first was in Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire in 1941). In Lady of Burlesque -- which, at times, has a Hawksian edge to the dialogue -- she portrays Dixie Daisy, a striptease artist at a Broadway theater in New York at the end of the 1930s. In the course of fending off the unwanted advances of brash comic Biff Brannigan (Michael O'Shea), with whom she is teamed in several numbers, and staying clear of the dressing room feuds of her fellow dancers -- including a very nasty dispute between Dolly Baxter (Gloria Dickson) and Lolita La Verne (Victoria Faust) -- she finds herself up to her neck in trouble when one of the women is found strangled with her own G-string. The police don't know what to make of it, especially as the victim was already dying of a fatal dose of poison, which means that there are two murderers somewhere in the theater; and when a second woman turns up strangled inside a prop that Dixie was supposed to be hiding in onstage, she looks like a good suspect. Between the backstage comedy-drama, and the songs, dances, and on-stage comic routines, with the police breathing down both their necks at different times, Dixie and Biff manage to solve the mystery and find each other in this briskly paced, funny, yet amazingly gritty comedy-thriller. Lady of Burlesque was allowed to fall out of copyright in 1971, and since then it was seen in substandard editions until the May 2001 DVD release from Image Entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290460943
Original Release: 1943
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 29,445

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Dixie Daisy
Michael O'Shea Bitt Brannigan
J. Edward Bromberg S.B. Foss
Iris Adrian Gee Gee Graham
Gloria Dickson Dolly Baxter
Marion Martin Alice Angel
Victoria Faust Lolita La Verne
Pinky Lee Mandy
Stephanie Bachelor Princess Nirvena
Charles Dingle Inspector Harrigan
Frank Fenton Russell Rogers
Frank Conroy Stacchi
George Chandler Jake
Eddie Gordon Officer Pat Kelly
Gerald Mohr Louie Grindero
Lew Kelly The Hermit
Claire Carleton Sandra
Janis Carter Janine
Bert Hanlon Sammy
Sid Marion Joey
Lou Lubin Moey
Lee Trent Comic
Beal Wong Wong
Florence Auer Policewoman
David Kashner Cossack
Joe Devlin Actor
Victor Laplace Actor
Noel Neill Actor
Barbara Slater Actor
Fred Walburn Messenger Boy
Elinor Troy Actor
Dallas Worth Actor
Eddie Borden Man in audience
Kit Guard Hank
Isabel Withers Teletype operator
Louise LaPlanche Actor

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Daniel Dare Choreography
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
James Gunn Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Art Lange Score Composer
Sam Nelson Asst. Director
James Newcom Editor
Joseph B. Platt Production Designer
Robert Stephanoff Makeup
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Natalie Visart Costumes/Costume Designer

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