"Scout knife eh? A boy scout didn't stab her" Not bad! It's all fast one-liners and slow tease in the 1950 crapper "The Strip Tease Murder Case" directed by Hugh Prince, the same guy who wrote the song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Beat me Daddy Eight to the Bar!" He shoulda stuck to songs. Actually, everyone and his uncle claims to have written Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy…I think the lawyers are still fighting over it in-between taking hits on oxygen machines. But Hugh did the film.
Hugh's epic venture into film making premiered in 1950, in San Francisco, of course, a town primed for racy material as all the guys drummed out of the army for being "un-fit" stayed to live in the port town! D grade strippers pretend to strip while a love triangle murder plot involving the hero "Johnny" unfolds.
Of course the posters scream "Burlesque's Biggest Beauties" but that is only true when one takes physical size into account, as here you see giantess Denise Darnell tower over a smitten rube. She smacks him away as he grabs her (four feet off the ground) buns.
Denise Darnell was from Texas, where all women are giant. Did the film make Denise a star? Well…a year later she was working for the Gooding Amusement Company at a sideshow in Tupelo, Mississippi alongside a two-headed bull and "Tracy's Midgets" so you decide. Big Time! Denise was 6 foot 7 inches, and even taller using the old sideshow trick of wearing a foot tall hat. For some reason, her publicity still shows her sneering. Fifteen years later Denise was cast in another film playing (wait for it…) a stripper.
Other strippers in the film were Naomi (a brunette with an educated body) Lynn Sherwood, Alverta (exotic) and Eunice Jason (the sweet stripper with the charming chassis!) Hot.
The flick was 40 minutes long…but it flashes by in a few hours!
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