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Genre  Comedy, Horror, Music
Music director  Arthur Lange
Country  United States
6.4/10 IMDb

Director  William A. Wellman
Story by  Gypsy Rose Lee
Language  English
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Release date  May 1, 1943 (1943-05-01)
Based on  The G-String Murders  by Gypsy Rose Lee
Writer  Gypsy Rose Lee (novel), James Gunn (screenplay)
Cast  Barbara Stanwyck (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)
Similar movies  Guitar Face, Dancing Lady, The Treat, Show Business, The Sex Temple, 3-D Rarities
Tagline  Mirth! Murder! Melody! Mystery! and Girls! Girls! Girls!

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.


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The backstage plot concerns the murder of two strippers of a New York City burlesque theatre and the detection of the killer.

Differences from novel

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A faithful, if sanitized due to the censorship of the time, adaptation of the original novel.


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  • 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
  • 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
  • Production

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    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 dollars upon its initial release.

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    The film depicted as much as censors would allow with respect to precise nature of "bumps & grinds", and slapdash nature of burlesque shows.


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    Songs include "Take it off the E string, play it on the G string", rendered by Stanwyck.


    The film made $2 million and earned a hefty profit of $650,000.


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