January 8th, 2021


Movie Critique - Lady of Burlesque

For review of all movies starring Barbara Stanwyck, go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A delightful and one-of-a-kind mystery movie that has been almost forgotten with some excellent acting by the star cast.

Lady of Burlesque is a 1943 American musical comedy-mystery film directed by William A. Wellman; produced by Hunt Stomberg, and released by United Artists. It has Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, Iris Adrian and J. Edward Bromberg in the lead cast among others. It is based on the 1941 novel The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee for which the screenplay was provided by James Gunn.

At a New York City burlesque, one of the performers, Lolita LaVerne, is found murdered. And a number of people at the theater come under suspicion including Deborah "Dixie Daisy" Hoople (portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck), an audience favorite striptease actor, and Biff Brannigan (portrayed by Michael O'Shea), the comic actor. As Inspector Harrigan (portrayed by Charles Dingle) proceeds with his investigation, so does the romance between Biff and Dixie perk up. But the murderer lurks just around the corner to grab them at any instance.

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53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #48

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

If you all have been reading my saree blog, you all already know that I am a Stage 4 Breast Cancer survivor. I thought it is only fitting to include the hospital, doctor and nurses who have helped me through my journey. More like a battle for life that started in August 2017 and ended partially in March 2019 (cancer-free in Breast and Lymph) and with a finale in October 2020 (cancer-free in Liver and no new organs with potential cancer. Technically 100% cancer-free as of October 2020). This post is dedicated to them.

When I had my regular checkup with my doctor last month, I took the opportunity to wear a saree and take pictures with her, other nurses and staff who have helped me through. I picked this simple saree with festive colors but less shinier or filled with any kinds of adornments because I didn’t want to hurt other patients if they were sensitive to light or color.

This is a simple green and black striped light weight artificial silk or chiffon material saree paired with the blouse that comes with the saree, tailor-stitched. It was a gift from one of my sisters-in-law in 2010, a good 11 years ago. It has a shiny silver laced border stitched on both ends of the saree. 

I accessorized it with a necklace and earrings made of green stone turned to beads in Africa; matching black and green bangles on my wrists; and a green and white stone and pearl chabi gucha (= fancy key ring for your waist). Ofcourse a matching mask to complete my ensemble.

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