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Rusty Warren: Knockers Up! The Lady Behind the Laughs


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Largely forgotten today, Rusty Warren was a pioneering comedienne who broke down barriers with her frank comedy act discussing sex, long before the era of Phyllis Diller and Lenny Bruce. Best known for her "Knockers Up" party records, Warren, who now resides in Hawaii, was a clasically trained pianist, who one night while improvising with the audience between numbers as a lounge piano player, came up with the routine she is best known for today. A nice breezy look at the career of this trailblazer, this documentary seeks to position her in the pantheon of great barrier-breaking comics. The core of the film is a late career Stand-up routine filmed in Las Vegas, and though one wishes for some footage of Rusty in her early 1960’s prime, there’s priceless early-to-mid seventies footage of Rusty on various talk shows, including one where she delivers a biographical slide-show. A pleasant reminder of a potent talent. --Kristian St. Clair

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  • Directors: Neil Norman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Gnp Crescendo
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W6TFPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To say that Rusty Warren was ahead of her time is an understatement. Unsubtly, unblushingly and undauntedly, this amazing lady challenged and changed the American public's perception of sex from the 1950s to the `70s through a career in sell-out comedy performances and million selling albums that certified her status as "queen of the party records."

In an era of personalities as groundbreaking, dynamic and as original as Ruth Wallis, Pat Collins, Christine Jorgensen and Phyllis Diller in the 1950s and `60s, Rusty Warren is arguably the original First Lady of the sexual revolution.

With a pull no punches style in songs, monologues and throughout her various routines, she stood at the forefront of the Womens Lib movement, with "knockers up," and single handedly pioneered music history with albums aptly titled Songs For Sinners, Banned In Boston, Bottoms Up!, Sex-X -Ponent , Sex-plosion and Sin-sational.

Combining the insight of Dr. Ruth, the delivery of Jimmy Durante and somewhere chronologically in the middle of both their careers, respectively, Rusty Warren: The Lady Behind the Laughs is the essential companion to the legacy of a remarkable artist, irresistible entertainer and genuine activist unlike any other. You'll also find a warm and engaging sage in the rare interviews and performances clips taken from Rusty's live act and from guest appearances on several talk shows over the years.

The DVD, more than anything is a career retrospective that includes a full concert performance (her last), as well as recent conversation with the lady herself. Part biopic, part concert, Rusty Warren: The Lady Behind the Laughs is, in short; a downright sinsational documentary experience, long overdue and well worth the wait. Thanks Rusty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peantell on March 25, 2008
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Now we all have a chance to find out what was really going on with Rusty Warren and the rest of the world back in the good old days of nightclub acts and Vegas's heyday. I recommend this DVD to everyone.
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