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King of Burlesque (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | 3 January 1936 (USA)
Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Gene Markey (screen play), Harry Tugend (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Kerry Bolton
Alice Faye ... Pat Doran
Jack Oakie ... Joe Cooney
Mona Barrie ... Rosalind Cleve
Arline Judge ... Connie
Dixie Dunbar ... Marie
Gregory Ratoff ... Kolpolpeck
Herbert Mundin ... English Impresario
Fats Waller ... Ben
Nick Long Jr. ... Anthony Lamb
Kenny Baker ... Arthur
Charles Quigley ... Stanley Drake
Paxton Sisters Paxton Sisters ... Specialty Dancers
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Lew Henkle (as Shaw)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Gus Keefe (as Lee)
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Storyline

Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Roi du burlesque See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade in 1943 as Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) with John Payne in the lead role. Alice Faye and Jack Oakie reprised their "heroine" and "sidekick" roles in the remake. See more »

Goofs

Some of Bolton's employees are reading different newspapers. Marie, the switchboard operator, has a newspaper that's missing a letter from its headline: "ANKS WIN 7 IN A ROW". See more »

Connections

Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Good to Be True
(1935)
(Published as "I've Got My Fingers Crossed")
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung and Danced by Dixie Dunbar (uncredited)
Reprised by Fats Waller (uncredited) (vocal and piano) and his band
Danced by Gregory Ratoff (uncredited) and Jack Oakie (uncredited)
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This movie predates the others that used the same plot
12 November 2011 | by garylee6bSee all my reviews

People forget that "King of Burlesque" was made BEFORE those other movies that used the same plot which other reviewers have referred to. So what was becoming "run of the mill" by 1938 or 1943 was still reasonably "original" in 1935/1936. Also, the plot isn't as hokey (for me at least) when it's a musical COMEDY rather than musical DRAMA/MELODRAMA as it was in those later movies. Hey, it's not to be taken too seriously ... and I still enjoyed watching Mona Barrie "giving it to" that upstart social climber Warner Baxter.

Actually, I searched for this movie because I vaguely remembered seeing Fats Waller in it when it was shown on TV decades ago. So I was surprised how much I enjoyed Dixie Dunbar's tap dancing routine when I finally got to see it.


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