Lady of Burlesque
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Barbara Stanwyck shines in her second portrayal of a showgirl in less than two years (the first was in Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire in 1941). In Lady of Burlesque -- which, at times, has a Hawksian edge to the dialogue -- she portrays Dixie Daisy, a striptease artist at a Broadway theater in New York at the end of the 1930s. In the course of fending off the unwanted advances of brash comic Biff Brannigan (Michael O'Shea), with whom she is teamed in several numbers, and staying clear of the dressing room feuds of her fellow dancers -- including a very nasty dispute between Dolly Baxter… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"Gallant trouping by Barbara Stanwyck, colorful background provided by Stromberg, and speedy direction by William Wellman, carry picture through for good entertainment for general audiences."
‑ , Variety
"It isn't without some zip, though you have to wonder why the producers bothered when the censors demanded that the dancers be shown only from the neck up."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Nothing more than a mystery melodrama with a backstage setting. Not a good mystery exercise either."
‑ Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times
"Although a stream of hard-boiled wisecracks keeps things amusing, the plot gets tied up in the usual dreary whodunit business of providing motives for all and sundry."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
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