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Screaming Mimi (1958)

Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and ... See full summary »

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Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Robert Blees (screenplay by), Fredric Brown (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anita Ekberg ... Virginia Wilson / Yolanda Lange
Philip Carey ... Bill Sweeney
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Joann 'Gypsy' Masters
Harry Townes ... Dr. Greenwood / Bill Green
Linda Cherney Linda Cherney ... Ketti
Romney Brent ... Charlie Weston
Red Norvo ... Red Yost
Red Norvo Trio Red Norvo Trio ... Red Norvo Trio
Alan Gifford ... Capt. Bline
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Walter Krieg
Stephen Ellsworth Stephen Ellsworth ... Dr. Joseph Robinson
Vaughn Taylor ... Raoul Reynarde
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Paul, the Bartender
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Storyline

Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and takes over her life, although she insists on continuing her career at the El Madhouse nightclub. The club's tough owner is none other than Gypsy Rose Lee who plays 'Gypsy' and sings an incredibly bad song ("Put the Blame on Mame") when Virginia is late one night. The traumatized Virginia is suspected of a series of murders. Each victim had purchased a contorted sculpture of a woman called the Screaming Mimi, which was created by her step-brother Charlie who was also responsible for shooting her attacker. It's up to a handsome columnist Bill Sweeny to figure it all out. Written by alfiehitchie

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The strip-tease murder case! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1958 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

La locura de Mimí See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sage Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the Wally World amusement park at the end of (the original) National Lampoon's Vacation, one of the rides is named after this movie, The Screaming Mimi. See more »

Quotes

Bill Sweeney: How tall are you, Yolanda?
Virginia Wilson aka Yolanda Lange: With heels or without?
Bill Sweeney: With anyone. Me, for instance.
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Connections

Referenced in Last Action Hero (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Put the Blame on Mame
(uncredited)
Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
Sung by Gypsy Rose Lee
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Scintillating Anita
28 June 2004 | by carolynpaetowSee all my reviews

Bodacious, gloriously-maned Ekberg and her magnificent dog Devil (dubbed a great dame and a Great Dane)are the goodies in this fifties pop-psych piece with its is-she/isn't-she-crazy scenario. Looking like a gorgeous amazonian goddess (purportedly only 5'7" without heels), the mighty Ekberg makes all the human males in her orbit look mousy and malleable as she sashays from loony bin to gin den, her emotions and motivations as mysterious as the titular statuette around which it all revolves. The movie has an offbeat tone and texture and a tendency to unbalance the viewer with the unexpected:

asylum-escapee Ekberg doing her shackled-slave dance routine in El Madhouse nightclub; Gypsy Rose Lee putting the blame on Mame in an awkward, abortive fringe-dress shimmy; the famed stripster's shacked-up status with a cute little hipster. Fans of such censor-bound lesbian depictions should love this cinematic morsel, as will devotees of no-budget noir!


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