Lady of Burlesque
Lady of Burlesque (1943)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 1943
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Thomas M. Pryor
New York Times

Nothing more than a mystery melodrama with a backstage setting. Not a good mystery exercise either.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Although Babs had her some little personal experience in the burlesque game, and though she gives it her "that's show business!" all here… More
Aj V
This is a funny and interesting look at the old burlesque shows. If that interests you, I recommend seeing this movie.
Spencer S.
An errant film with very little going for it except that at the time it was supposed to be shocking. It doesn't have much else to back it up except for the… More
Lanning : )
The only date I make with comics is the Sunday morning funny papers. <p> Gee, if only my ex-true love had felt the same way. She bypassed me for a… More
jay nixon
Saucy little mystery with a great collection of 40's blond wisecracking dames and of course the great Stanwyck. Even the usually vapid O'Shea is more… More