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.( Collapse )