Lady of Burlesque
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Lady of Burlesque
Lady of Burlesque
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Directed byWilliam A. Wellman
Produced byHunt Stromberg
Written byJames Gunn
Based onThe G-String Murders
1941 novel
by Gypsy Rose Lee
StarringBarbara Stanwyck
Michael O'Shea
Iris Adrian
Music byArthur Lange
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited byJames E. Newcom
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • May 1, 1943 (1943-05-01)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,850,000 gross

Lady of Burlesque (also known as The G-String Murders and in the UK, Striptease Lady) is a 1943 American musical comedy-mystery film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O'Shea. It is a faithful, if sanitized,[] adaptation of the novel The G-String Murders written by strip tease queen Gypsy Rose Lee.


The backstage plot concerns the murder of two strippers of a New York City burlesque theatre and the unmasking of the killer.



The film was produced by Hunt Stromberg, costumes by Edith Head, and filmed on a 21-day shooting schedule on (rented) sound stages at RKO's Encino movie ranch.

The film depicted as much as censors would allow with respect to the nature of "bumps and grinds", as well as the slapdash nature of burlesque shows.


Songs include "Take It Off the E String, Play It on the G String", sung by Stanwyck.


The film made $2 million[1] and earned a hefty profit of $650,000.[2][3][4]

Arthur Lange was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music Score of a Drama or Comedy Picture.[5]



  1. ^ "Variety (January 1947)". New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. Apr 22, 1947. Retrieved 2020 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p. 339
  3. ^ Balio, Tino (2000). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.
  4. ^ "Variety (January 1944)". New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. Apr 22, 1944. Retrieved 2020 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ 1944 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1943 at

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