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Casanova in Burlesque (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 19 February 1944 (USA)
A stripper discovers that a professor spends summer teaching Shakespeare and winter as a burlesque comic.


Leslie Goodwins


Frank Gill Jr., John Wales (story)


Cast overview:
Joe E. Brown ... Joseph M. Kelly Jr.
June Havoc ... Lillian Colman
Dale Evans ... Barbara Compton
Marjorie Gateson ... Lucille Compton
Lucien Littlefield ... John Alden Compton
Ian Keith ... J. Boggs-Robinson
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Joseph M. Kelly Sr.
Harry Tyler ... Bucky Farrell
Patricia Knox ... Peewee Dixon
Sugar Geise Sugar Geise ... Fannie
Jerry Frank Jerry Frank ... Al Gordon (as Jerome Franks)
Margia Dean ... Burlesque Queen


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A stripper discovers that a professor spends summer teaching Shakespeare and winter as a burlesque comic.

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Fun Movie
8 June 2017 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

This is a low budget movie which had potential: A troupe of burlesque performers putting on a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in a stuffy college setting. This premise is realized in a mediocre fashion: not much wit nor imagination is put into the buildup or to the performance (which relies on slapstick).

The movie is fun. It has a laugh or two. It is watchable because June Havoc is funny being the character she so often played in the 1940s: a gum chewing, very sexy, wisecracking, shapely, working class woman. She does a couple of songs, too. So does Dale Evans (without Roy Rogers). Her swinging, lively song is the best in the movie. Joe E. Brown is Joe E. Brown, but, playing a college professor, he plays it quite straight for a good part of the movie.

The version I saw had passable sound and visual quality, but it was cut up badly. It seemed that a good part of the movie was missing. I could follow the plot despite the missing parts, but the movie was sufficiently engaging that I found the omissions annoying.

Since I am an amateur movie historian and a fan of Joe E. Brown and June Havoc, I enjoyed it. I do not know how people who know neither of these performers would react to this modest, but interesting flick.

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Release Date:

19 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegria Burlesca See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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