King of Burlesque

King of Burlesque (1936)

Gay as the Great White Way

  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Release Date: 1936-01-03
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 4 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 30min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 20th Century Fox
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Sidney Lanfield
star 5.9/10
From 4 Ratings


Warner Baxter plays the ambitious producer of a burlesque show who rises to the big time on Broadway. Alice Faye is the loyal burleycue singer who helps make Baxter a success. His head turned by sudden fame, Baxter falls under the spell of a society woman (Mona Barrie) who has theatrical aspirations of her own. She marries Baxter, then convinces him to produce a string of "artistic" plays rather than his extravagant musical revues. The plays are flops, and the woman haughtily divorces Baxter. Faithful Alice Faye, who'd gone to London when her ex-beau was married, returns to the penniless Baxter. She and her burlesque buddies team up to pull Baxter out of his rut and put him on top again.

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  • Warner Baxter

    as Kerry Bolton
  • Alice Faye

    as Pat Doran
  • Jack Oakie

    as Joe Cooney
  • Mona Barrie

    as Rosalind Cleve
  • Arline Judge

    as Connie
  • Dixie Dunbar

    as Marie
  • Gregory Ratoff

    as Kolpolpeck
  • Herbert Mundin

    as English Impresario
  • Fats Waller

    as Ben
  • Nick Long Jr.

    as Anthony Lamb
  • Kenny Baker

    as Arthur
  • Charles Quigley

    as Stanley Drake
  • Al Shaw

    as Lew Henkle
  • Sam Lee

    as Gus Keefe
  • Andrew Tombes

    as Slattery
  • Shirley Deane

    as Phyllis Sears
  • Harry 'Zoup' Welsh

    as 'Spud' La Rue
  • Claudia Coleman

    as Belle Weaver
  • Ellen Lowe

    as Miss Meredith
  • Herbert Ashley

    as Jake
  • Jerry Mandy

    as Frankie
  • Keye Luke

    as Wong
  • Gareth Joplin

    as The Bootblack
  • Maurice Cass

    as The Tailor (uncredited)
  • Earle Hodgins

    as Burlesque Barker (uncredited)
  • Julius Tannen

    as Auctioneer (uncredited)
  • Paul McVey

    as Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Cyril Ring

    as Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Ferdinand Munier

    as Bolton's Butler (uncredited)
  • Torben Meyer

    as Leopold the Valet (uncredited)
  • James C. Morton

    as Jim - the Bartender (uncredited)
  • Ronald R. Rondell

    as Artie - Man at Wedding (uncredited)
  • George Ovey

    as Man Getting Tie Untied (uncredited)
  • Vernon Downing

    as Man in Car (uncredited)
  • Larry Steers

    as Extra in Audience (uncredited)
  • Mary MacLaren

    as Extra in Audience (uncredited)
  • Jane Wyman

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Lynn Bari

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Bess Flowers

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Louise Larabee

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Eddie Foy Jr.

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Ethel Bryant

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Philippa Hilber

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Lorraine Page

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Anita Thompson

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Bee Stevens

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Beatrice Hagen

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Valerie Traxler

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Perk Lazelle

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Clarette Ellis

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Florine Baile

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Lucille Miller

    as Dancer (uncredited)
Directing Sidney Lanfield Director
Camera J. Peverell Marley Director of Photography
Art Hans Peters Art Direction
Art Thomas Little Set Decoration
Editing Ralph Dietrich Editor
Sound E. Clayton Ward Sound
Production Kenneth Macgowan Associate Producer
Sound Cyril J. Mockridge Music
Sound Roger Heman Sr. Sound
Production Ed Ebele Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Gwen Wakeling Costume Design
Directing A.F. Erickson Assistant Director
Writing Gene Markey Screenplay
Writing Harry Tugend Screenplay
Writing James Seymour Adaptation