The Stripper

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Lila (Joanne Woodward) is a washed up would-be actress who is reduced to stripping in a tawdry traveling road show. Her sleazy promoter Ricky (Robert Webber) leaves her in a lonely town in Kansas and makes off with all her money. Her friend Helen (Claire Trevor) takes Lila into her home and off the streets where her 19 year old son Kenny (Richard Beymer) takes a liking to the older woman. He breaks up with girlfriend Miriam (Carol Lynley) and proposes marriage to the lonely Lila. Ricky comes back to town and talks the penniless Lila into becoming a stripper. Kenny can't bear to see her bare in front of the gawking, slack-jawed yokels and desperately asks Lila to marry him once again. Lila must decide if the time has come whether or not she should hang up her G-string for good. Gypsy Rose Lee, Louis Nye and Michael Pollard add a touch of humor to this otherwise depressing tale. This was the final screen effort for writer-turned-producer Jerry Wald.


Joanne Woodward
as Lila Green
Richard Beymer
as Kenny Baird
Claire Trevor
as Helen Baird
Carol Lynley
as Miriam Caswell
Louis Nye
as Ronnie
Robert Webber
as Ricky Powers
Susan Brown
as Mrs. Mulvaney
Marlene de Lamater
as Sandra Mulvaney
Ralph Lee
as Sonny
Bing Russell
as Mr. Mulvaney
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  • Franklin Schaffner made his feature directing debut with this grim tale, well acted by Joanne Woodward as a wannabe actress stifled in small-town Kansas.

    Jul 20, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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