Lady of Burlesque
Lady of Burlesque (also known as The G-String Murders and in the UK, Striptease Lady) is a 1943 American musical comedy-mystery film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O'Shea. It is based on the novel The G-String Murders written by strip tease queen Gypsy Rose Lee.
|Lady of Burlesque|
|Directed by||William A. Wellman|
|Produced by||Hunt Stromberg|
|Written by||James Gunn|
|Based on||The G-String Murders|
by Gypsy Rose Lee
|Music by||Arthur Lange|
|Cinematography||Robert De Grasse|
|Edited by||James E. Newcom|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1,850,000 gross ($650,000 profit after theatre circuits deducted their ticket sales share)|
Differences from novel
A faithful, if sanitized due to the censorship of the time, adaptation of the original novel.
- Barbara Stanwyck as Deborah Hoople, aka Dixie Daisy, corresponding to Gypsy Rose Lee's character in her own book
- Michael O'Shea as Biff Brannigan, the romantic interest
- J. Edward Bromberg as S.B. Foss
- Iris Adrian as Gee Gee Graham, a worldly showgirl
- Gloria Dickson as Dolly Baxter
- Victoria Faust as Lolita La Verne
- Stephanie Bachelor as The Princess Nirvena
- Charles Dingle as Inspector Harrigan
- George Chandler as Jake, the prop boy
- Marion Martin as Alice Angel
- Pete Gordon as Officer Pat Kelly (as Eddie Gordon)
- Frank Fenton as Russell Rogers
- Pinky Lee as Mandy, a supporting player
- Frank Conroy as 'Stacchi' Stacciaro
- Lew Kelly as The Hermit
- Claire Carleton as Sandra
- Gerald Mohr as Louie Grindero
The film was produced by Hunt Stromberg, costumes by Edith Head, and filmed on a 21-day shooting schedule on (rented) sound stages at RKO's Encino movie ranch, this feature grossed a respectable $1.85 million on its initial release.
The film depicted as much as censors would allow with respect to the nature of "bumps & grinds" as well as the slapdash nature of burlesque shows.
Songs include "Take It Off the E String, Play It on the G String", sung by Stanwyck.
- Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3. p203
- "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
- Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 339
- 1944 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1943 at Oscar.org
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