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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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Taglines:

...Loaded to the brim with everything that goes for happiness, joy and laugher, more tunes, laffs, girls, fun and romance than you've seen in a dozen musical hits! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

Remade as Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Shooting High
(1935)
(Published as "I'm Shooting High")
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Played during the opening and end credits and often in the score
Performed by Alice Faye (uncredited), Jack Oakie (uncredited), Al Shaw (uncredited), Sam Lee (uncredited) and Warner Baxter (uncredited)
Reprised by Alice Faye (uncredited) and Chorus
Also danced by Gareth Joplin (uncredited) and then by Nick Long Jr. (uncredited)
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Slow-moving Backstage Musical Has Its Moments
29 October 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

Fox tries to imitate Warner Bros. in this slow-moving backstage romp that stars Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, and Warner Baxter, and directed by Sidney Lanfield. Baxter is the "King of Burlesque" who moves from a burlesque to a legitimate theatre and marries a socialite played by Mona Barrie. Alice Faye, in the typical role of an aspiring actress, looks appropriate for her part, though her presence struck me as cold and unmemorable, compared to her other Fox musicals. The film comes into full view in the last twenty minutes where we see a dazzling display of production numbers that recall those of Busby Berkeley. The film's choreography and songs were nominated for an Oscar. There is fun and frolic and the best songs/numbers are "Shooting High", "Too Good To Be True", "Whose Big Baby Are You" and "Lovely Lady".


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