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Lady of Burlesque: The G-String Murders (1943)

Barbara Stanwyck , Michael O'Shea , William A. Wellman  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Writers: Gypsy Rose Lee, James Gunn
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B6KV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lady of Burlesque: The G-String Murders" on IMDb

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A stripper is murdered with her own G-string backstage during a performance. Everyone is a suspect, but the show must go on! Old-time burlesque on the Great White Way before the lights went out in New York's Times Square. Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck, action director William A. Wellman and famed Gypsy Rose Lee team up to create the best backstage musical murder mystery ever made! Based on actual incidents (and folklore) from the underbelly of the show biz world. It ain't Shakespeare, but it's a lot of fun!

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPORTANT - READ MY REVIEW FIRST !!! October 9, 2010
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I am being dead serious here...99.9% of all copies of this film are nothing more than cheap public domain prints. Most are shoddy, fuzzy copies that will only disappoint you. Furthermore, if you are like me, you're not interested in a synopsis of the plot - you want to find the best quality copy out there.

I can do better than that - I have found the STUDIO ORIGINAL !! Just look where it says "product details" and look for "studio". If the "studio" listing is for "Image Entertainment", then you have the original print! All the other copies are fakes...this is what fools everyone. Unfortunately they just take a guess, buy from the wrong studio release(one of those companies that makes cheap bootleg-quality copies), & get ripped off. If you found my review before buying, then you will be spared from all the guesswork! And your copy will look as good as a normal Turner/MGM release (like Casablanca!)

Remember to look where it says "studio: Image Entertainment" - that is the original film. William Wellman made this as an independent release, so you won't see a familiar name like Warner, Fox, Universal, etc(your guarantee you aren't getting a cheap bootleg copy). That is what makes getting a decent copy of this film so hard. But don't worry....Image Entertainment is the partner of none other than the incredible Criterion Collection company, & also produces dvds for NBC/Universal(like "Little House on the Prairie)...I really hope my review will be of help to you!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Almost Forgotten Gem January 1, 2004
The most surprising thing about LADY OF BURLESQUE was that it got made at all. Burlesque was all but dead by 1942, shut out of most towns and cities by relentless moral crusaders, and Hollywood itself was mired in the infamous "production code," which put a heavy lid on what could and could not be shown on screen. But burlesque had spawned a number of stars who remained favorites with public, and in 1941 the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee penned a book called THE G-STRING MURDERS. It proved extremely popular, and a year later United Artists took a chance on the film project.

True enough, the movie couldn't show the strippers in action or play out the bawdy comic sketches so popular in burlesque, but writer James Gunn turned in a superior script, and director William Wellman and his cast gave the whole thing tremendous dash and style. The result was a movie that captured the seedy, underworld-edged world of burlesque without actually causing censors to yank it from distribution.

In theory, LADY OF BURLESQUE is a murder mystery, but mystery takes a back seat to the brawling backstage antics of crossed love affairs and star rivalry. Barbara Stanwyck endows star stripper "Dixie Daisy" with her own memorable brand of tough class--and although she can only be shown from the waist up when she bumps and grinds, she still manages to tear strips off her musical number "Play It On The G-String." The rest of the cast is equally memorable, many of them burlesque stars in their own right. Pinky Lee (Mandy) is memorably teamed with Marion Martin (Alice Angle) to delightful effect; Iris Adrian (Gee-Gee)is the gum smacking brash blonde to end all gum smacking brash blondes; and such memorable character actors as Michael O'Shea (Biff), Gloria Dickson (Dolly), and J.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE SINGS! SHE DANCES! July 28, 2002
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Yes, Barbara Stanwyck sings and dances in her very first scene in the backstage story of burlesque performers involved in murder called LADY OF BURLESQUE. Based on Gypsy Rose Lee's silly, charming novel "The G-String Murders," the movie is a guilty pleasure for me. I have never stopped loving it since the first time I saw it. Stanwyck is, to me, one of the best actors Hollywood has ever produced: top of the line in comedy (see THE LADY EVE) and in serious drama (see DOUBLE INDEMNITY). Watch her tame Gary Cooper in BALL OF FIRE and weep along with her in STELLA DALLAS. William Wellman who also directed superb films such as WINGS, PUBLIC ENEMY AND BEAU GESTE has a fine time with the various backstage types in this grainy black and white tribute to a dead art form.
There has never really been a perfect edition of the movie for public consumption. I've even seen an edition minus any credits whatsoever and usually the editing seems like it was done with a pinking shears. This DVD version is probably the best one can buy right now and there are no special features, unless you consider Stanwyck performing "Take It Off The E String--Play It On The G String" a special feature. It is. She bumps, she grinds and the camera stays chastely above her waist.
There are several musical numbers and a few comic sketches that give us a taste of what burlesque must have been. The supporting cast is terrific. It includes Pinky Lee as a comic, Iris Adrian as a tough but friendly stripper and Michael O'Shea as Stanwyck's love interest. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for show business fans. If you're looking for a good murder mystery, look elsewhere.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BARBARA BUMPS AND GRINDS..... October 10, 2002
This must be the film where Barbara Stanwyck proved she could (and would) do almost anything. Based on Gypsy Rose Lee's book "The G-String Murders", strippers in an old Opera house turned burlesque theater are being strangled with their G-strings. And our heroine Dixie Daisy (Stanwyck), the headliner, smells a rat. Fending off advances from a third-rate comic, she sets out to find the killer. Much cattiness and attitude from the other strippers pepper this delightful black comedy as Dixie tries to keep the show going while putting together clues and trying to save her own neck. Lee relied on her own personal experiences as a burlesque queen to give this story the realistic touches it has. And when Stanwyck hits the stage in a VERY scanty outfit (that must have given the censors fits) she's right at home singing a little bump & grind ditty called "Take It Off The E-String, Play It On The G-String". She's surprisingly sexy and has the necessary old-style panache that makes her performance a delight. The DVD from Image is immaculate and this is a must have for Stanwyck fans. Supporting cast is excellent and the characterizations are right on the money. A fun, fun movie worth watching over and over. My favorite line (and there are many): Man to Dixie,"Did I startle you?"....Dixie to Man: "Are you kidding? I've been startled by EXPERTS." Don't miss this one. It's just pure pleasure all the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck is much better at light comedy/drama than she ever...
One of my favorites. Barbara Stanwyck is much better at light comedy/drama than she ever got credit for.
Published 6 days ago by drgymnast
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck is at the top of the film credits for this terrific...
The film is based on Gypsy Rose Lee's book "The G-String Murders". Two members of the girlie show have been strangled with their own g-strings; and the fiend is among the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dana C. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite old movie
Great old movie!!! Enjoyed as a kid, now can enjoy even more as this is not regularly seen on TV.
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Holetzky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality acting
Barbara Stanwyck. This from the old days when the star was actually a good actor and rated being a "star. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gerald A. Covey
5.0 out of 5 stars We have date night once a month with some younger friends
Its always fun to share the movies with them. It's interesting to watch and listen to their comments during and after the movies. Thanks for the intertainment!
Published 12 months ago by Deborah McCool
4.0 out of 5 stars Lady of Burlesque
Good Barbara Stanwyck mystery. Someone is killing the strippers of a burlesque house. This version I received is a DVD-R. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
im a huge fan of Barbara Stanwyck,one Classy Broad thats a beautiful talented actress that cracks me up...i recommend this movie to anyone who loves the classic Lady Sex appeal...
Published 14 months ago by tonja
5.0 out of 5 stars Lagy of Burlesque great movie
Loved the movie I have seen it many times before so had to own it myself buy it if you like lod mysretys and sespence its worht it Thank you amazon Manuel
Published 14 months ago by Manuel oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanwyck Strips Down
Based on a cheap pulp novel called "The G-String Murders" written by notorious stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, this role was a very odd choice for the then superstar Stanwyck to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maurice Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Great story and twist! Love this movie so glad i finally found it! Great price and recieved it rather quickly too!
Published 17 months ago by A.Betz
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