Based on The G-String Murders, a best-selling novel by famed stripper Gypsy
Rose Lee, 1943's Lady of Burlesque is a delightful comedic collaboration between
director William Wyler and screen legend Barbara Stanwyck. To audiences in the
day, the seductive shakes, splits and cartwheels performed by Stanwyck, coupled
with the behind-the-scenes antics of a ?grindhouse, seemed very risque. The
revealing outfits and bawdy atmosphere of the film even attracted the attention
of the ever-watchful eye of the Hays Office.
Stanwyck plays wise-cracking lead stripper Dixie Daisy, who works at S.B.
Foss's Old Opera House, a popular burlesque joint, spending her time rebuffing
her fellow performer Biff Brannigan, until a fellow stripper is found strangled
by her own G-string. When a second victim is found, Dixie looks like a suspect,
but must join together with Biff to search out the real killer. Dixie and Biff
narrow down the list of suspects while coming up with a plan to snag the
murderer in classic whodunnit style.