|Lady of Burlesque 1943 N/R, 89 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Comedy / Horror / Romance
aka: Striptease Lady
Director: William A. Wellman
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson, Marion Martin, Pinky Lee, Frank Conroy, Charles Dingle, Frank Fenton, Victoria Faust, Stephanie Bachelor, Eddie Gordon, Janis Carter, Lou Lubin
Based on Gypsy Rose Lee's novel, "The G-String Murders," this is a witty drama about striptease artist Dixie Daisy (Barbara Stanwyck) who performs at a Broadway theater in the 1930s. Dixie fends off advances from comedian Biff Brannigan (Michael O'Shea) and tries to steer clear of dressing room feuds–notably between Dolly Baxter (Gloria Dickson) and Lolita La Verne (Victoria Faust). When two of the strippers are strangled, Biff and Dixie set off in search of the killer's identity and fall in love with each other in the process.
|Racket Busters 1938 N/R, 71 min.|
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Gloria Dickson, Allen Jenkins, Walter Abel, Penny Singleton, Henry O'Neill, Anthonuy Averill, Oscar O'Shea, Elliott Sullivan, Fay Helm, Joe Downing, Norman Willis, Don Rowan, Stuart Holmes
Tough mobster Martin (Humphrey Bogart) decides to add the NYC truckers to his territory despite the efforts of special prosecutor Allison (Walter Abel) to stop him.
|They Made Me a Criminal 1939 N/R, 139 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery
Director: Busby Berkeley
Cast: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, May Robson, Ann Sheridan, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Ward Bond, Gabriel Dell, John Ridgely, Barbara Pepper, Bernard Punsly, Robert Gleckler
Prizefighter Johnnie Bradfield (John Garfield) awakens one morning and reads a newspaper article reporting that he was killed in a car accident after murdering a reporter. Johnnie had spent the previous night in a drunken stupor and, after being conked on the head, has no memories of the events. Johnnie heads out of town and hides out at Grandma Rafferty's (May Robson) ranch where he finds security among the juvenile delinquents working there. Meanwhile, discredited Detective Monty Phelan (Claude Rains) does not believe that Johnnie died in the accident and, hoping to redeem himself, is on his trail.
|This Thing Called Love 1941 N/R, 98 min.|
Director: Alexander Hall
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Binnie Barnes, Allyn Joslyn, Gloria Dickson, Lee J. Cobb, Gloria Holden, Don Beddoe, Sig Arno, Paul McGrath
When this film was released in 1941, the Legion of Decency banned it from American theaters because of its plot: newlyweds agree to remain celibate for the first three months of marriage. BUT, despite the agreement, the bridegroom (Melvin Douglas) tries many tricks to bed the increasingly suspicious bride (Rosalind Russell).
|1. Lady of Burlesque (1943)|
aka: Striptease Lady
2. Racket Busters (1938)
3. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
4. This Thing Called Love (1941)
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