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Lady of Burlesque Movie Review Summary

Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Micheal O'Shea

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In Lady of Burlesque Barbara Stanwyck plays Dixie Daisy (aka Deborah Hoople), a singer/dancer at a former opera house that has been transformed into a burlesque theater/review. Dixie is the new attraction at the theater, which invokes jealousy from some of the other female entertainers. Dixie immediately attracts the eye of Biff Brannigan (played by Michael O'Shea), who is also working at the theater as a comedy/dance man. Entertainers Dolly Baxter and Lolita La Verne engage in a very nasty dispute that turns ugly. Bitchy remarks are exchanged and a catfight ensues.
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As Dixie and the other entertainers hoof their way through numerous song and dance routines a murderer is lurking around the theater waiting to strike. When one of the female entertainers is found strangled with Dixie's own g-string around her neck, Dixie is suddently a suspect. Dixie teams up with Biff to find the killer, who they believe is among them. Trouble continues to plague the theater when another female entertainer is found dead in one of the props that Dixie was scheduled to use for her act. Again, the not-so-swift detectives peg Dixie as their number one suspect. When Dixie spots the killer amongst the burlesque troop she uses herself as bait to catch a killer. As the murderer is identified and motives are established, Biff and Dixie dance off into the sunset.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Murders of set profession?    -   artists Misc. Plotlets    -   local police have IQ of houseplant Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of mystery?    -   hard boiled/private eye

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Is this movie based on a    -   book

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