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The Stripper (1963)

Lila Green is an insecure and aging showgirl for Madame Olga's stage shows. When her boyfriend, Rick, runs off with the show's money, Madame Olga and Ronny let Lila go. Lila goes to stay ... See full summary »


Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)


William Inge (play), Meade Roberts
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Joanne Woodward ... Lila Green
Richard Beymer ... Kenny Baird
Claire Trevor ... Helen Baird
Carol Lynley ... Miriam Caswell
Robert Webber ... Ricky Powers
Louis Nye ... Ronnie Cavendish
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Madame Olga
Michael J. Pollard ... Jelly
Sondra Blake ... Edwina (as Sondra Kerr)
Susan Brown ... Mrs. Mulvaney
Marlene De Lamater Marlene De Lamater ... Sandra Mulvaney
Gary Pagett Gary Pagett ... Dizzy
Ralph Lee Ralph Lee ... Sonny
Bing Russell ... Mr. Mulvaney


Lila Green is an insecure and aging showgirl for Madame Olga's stage shows. When her boyfriend, Rick, runs off with the show's money, Madame Olga and Ronny let Lila go. Lila goes to stay with her old neighbors, Helen Bard and her teenage son, Kenny. Lila decides to go out and get a regular job and try and live a normal life. All seems well, until Lila and Kenny stop fighting their attraction for one another. Written by Kelly

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The story of a girl...And the Men who led her to become "The Stripper"


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 June 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman in July See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As seen in early publicity photos, this film was originally titled "Woman of Summer." See more »


Lila Green: I don't need you, Ricky, because someone has just shown me that he cares enough about me to make me care about myself. I've got me and me can take me wherever me wants to go!
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Referenced in Far from Vietnam (1967) See more »


Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Joanne Woodward
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25 April 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Sad and lonely mid west American towns photographed in black and white seem to be a very potent atmospheric early 60s film drama location that should be recognized as almost iconic in this new century. Other films of the time that each look as though they are all filmed nearby or around the corner from each other: HUD, BUS RILEY'S BACK IN TOWN, BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL , LILIES OF THE FIELD, KISS ME STUPID, IN COLD BLOOD all make a great set of rural wasteland town settings each with potent imagery and lonely people going slowly mad or frustrated or hankering for a change. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW perfected this feel in 1971. Stills from all these films would make a superb coffee table book...all that lonely black and white, crisp and windy farms and streets etc. yet obviously sad 60s. THE STRIPPER must have been the only film made at FOX in 63 with every other dollar of Zanuck's money going to feed CLEOPATRA. Apart from the misleading title, THE STRIPPER offers Joanne Woodward in a Lee Remick performance or is that a Lee Grant performance or is that a Kim Novak performance...because either of those women are interchangeable in those above films as well. 40 years later, like CLEOPATRA, this early 60s era of film making is being celebrated as having produced atmospheric and enduring films of fascinating visuals and emotional performances. I was lucky enough to enjoy THE STRIPPER in a cinema seeing a 35mm cinemascope print, and even if the story was a let down, the visuals and feel for that period and location is so well captured that it almost becomes the most enjoyable part. I am also a great fan of BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL which captures this loneliness and isolation with B&W photography that now borders on masterpiece. See it as part of the above series of films if you can and be overwhelmed by what I have described. It is like sad memories created by someone else and they take that form especially because of the photography.

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