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52 Ratings

Lady of Burlesque

Directed by William A. Wellman
United States, 1943
Comedy, Horror, Music


Brash comedian Biff Brannigan constantly hits on lead stripper Dixie Daisy, who continually rejects his brazen advances. She’s more concerned with her potential stardom. Based on a story by Gypsy Rose Lee.

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Lady of Burlesque Directed by William A. Wellman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1944 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Critics reviews

William A. Wellman and Barbara Stanwyck worked together wonderfully, her brassy screen persona complementing his gritty, rough-and-tumble direction. He gave her one of her first starring roles in NIGHT NURSE, and she remained grateful to him for the rest of her career, acting for him another several times. LADY OF BURLESQUE, one of their later collaborations, isn’t as tough or exuberant as NIGHT NURSE, but it’s still good fun, featuring plenty of sharp dialogue and some good vaudeville acts
July 21, 2017
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A film meant to fill a slot on a marquee and then disappear, it’s film stock recycled to be used for similar pictures; a film made by a filmmaker comfortable with and adept at jumping back and forth between white elephant and termite projects within the same year; a post-pre-code pre-code. [Lady of Burlesque elevates] their comedy and song and dance routines from cheap entertainment to art.
September 01, 2012
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