Hollywood Burlesque/Peek-A-Boo [DVD]

Fans of the art of the ecdysiast will have a field day with this DVD release from Something Weird Video, which features two vintage features collecting classic performances from strippers and baggy pants comics of the '40s and '50s. Both the relatively classy Hollywood Burlesque and its slightly more daring cousin Peek-A-Boo have been transferred to disc in the original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, using the original monophonic sound mix. Given their age, the prints for both movies are in unusually good condition; the source materials for Hollywood Burlesque are pristine, and Peek-A-Boo is marred only by occasional speckling near the reel changes. Both films are in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles included. Something Weird have loaded this release with plenty of extras, including trailers for seven vintage burlesque features (including the two featured here), six short subjects featuring peelers of the '40s and '50s, and two galleries of still photos -- one featuring ad materials for classic era burlesque shows, another with photos of headline dancers and comedians. Assembled with Something Weird's usual care and enthusiasm, this DVD is great fun for anyone with a taste for naughty entertainment of another era.
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Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailers for Hollywood Burlesque and Peek-A-Boo!
  • Bonus burlesque trailers for The A-B-C's of Love, Ding Dong, Everybody's Girl, Her Wedding Night, and Kiss Me Baby!
  • Renee, Billie Bolton, Dotty Dawson, and Mickey Mason in Burlesque Short No. 1: Broadway Burlesque!
  • Sunny Ray, Jill La Raye, Patty Long, and Jean King in Burlesque Short No. 2: Dancing Dolls of Burlesque!
  • Stacey Farrell, Mona Raye, Lolita, and Cheri in Burlesque Short No. 3: Fancy Femmes!
  • Nona Carver, Beverly Reynard, Paula D'Arcy, and Tandalaye in Burlesque Short No. 4: Girlesk Show!
  • Libby Jones, Valda, and Mitzi Doerré in Burlesque Short No. 5: Key-Hole Varieties!
  • Brandy Jones, Genii Young, and Dimples Morgan in Burlesque Short No. 6: Ready for a Take-Off!
  • Special Gallery No. 1: Burlesque Ballyhoo and Exploitation Art!
  • Special Gallery No. 2: Photo Parade of Burlesque Glamour Girls!
  • Total Running Time: Over 3 1/2 Hours of Bra-Busting Shakes and Quakes!


A French police inspector visits a rehearsal of Robert Dhery's reportedly risque musical review to insure that none of the acts are indecent. Also watching the titillating show are a lazy plumber and his jealous wife. Basically, the entire plot is used to frame a performance of Dhery's show that includes several musical numbers interspliced with racy vignettes. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Hollywood Burlesque
The production team of Robert M. Snader and Duke Goldstone made a fortune in the '50s by assembling the syndicated Liberace TV series. Long before this triumph, however, Goldstone was the nominal director of the grindhouse quickie Hollywood Burlesque. Aimed at the "adults only...no ladies allowed" trade, this is a filmed record of a dress rehearsal (or undress rehearsal) at an L.A. burlesque house. The surprisingly modest dance numbers are performed by such striptease artists as Hilary Dawn, Joy Damon, Jenne, and Marie Durano. Several classic comedy routines are performed with gusto by Eddie Ware and Wenn Hitt. Though unimaginatively staged, Hollywood Burlesque has some historical value when seen today. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Image coming soon
    Jacques Beauvais
  • Francis Blanche
    Francis Blanche
  • Colette Brosset
    Colette Brosset - Herself
  • Raymond Bussières
    Raymond Bussières - Plumber
  • Image coming soon
    Gerard Calvi
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