DirectorWilliam A. Wellman Story byGypsy Rose Lee Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 1, 1943 (1943-05-01) Based onThe G-String Murders
by Gypsy Rose Lee WriterGypsy Rose Lee (novel), James Gunn (screenplay) CastBarbara 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 moviesGuitar Face, Dancing Lady, The Treat, Show Business, The Sex Temple, 3-D Rarities
TaglineMirth! 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.
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
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
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 dollars upon its initial release.
The film depicted as much as censors would allow with respect to precise nature of "bumps & grinds", and slapdash nature of burlesque shows.
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.