The Stripper (1963)

95 mins | Melodrama | 12 June 1963

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HISTORY

The film adaptation of William Inge’s 1959 play, Loss of Roses, was initially titled Celebration. It marked the feature film directorial debut of Franklin J. Schaffner.
       An item in the 9 Mar 1962 LAT mentioned that Joan Crawford was being sought for the role of “Helen Baird.” The following week, a 14 Mar 1962 Var brief named Stuart Whitman as a recent addition to the cast, and stated that Jean Arthur was in negotiations to co-star. According to the 26 Apr 1962 DV, David Janssen was considered for the role of a “heavy.”
       The 28 May 1962 DV announced the start of principal photography that day. The bulk of filming took place at Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. lot in Los Angeles, CA. In early Jun 1962, two weeks of location filming were done in Chino, CA, according to the 14 Jun 1962 DV. Around that time, the title was changed to A Woman in July. (A final title change to The Stripper was announced in a 22 Jan 1963 DV brief.)
       On 23 Jun 1962, NYT reported that Carol Lynley had been added to the cast. Lynley’s part was shot, but later taken out of the film. A 19 Sep 1962 DV item explained that her role, “Miriam Caswell,” had not been in Inge’s play, and did not turn out to be “right for the picture.” DV also suggested the removal of Miriam Caswell allowed filmmakers to reduce the length from three hours to a one-hundred-minute running time. However, Lynley’s performance ...

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The film adaptation of William Inge’s 1959 play, Loss of Roses, was initially titled Celebration. It marked the feature film directorial debut of Franklin J. Schaffner.
       An item in the 9 Mar 1962 LAT mentioned that Joan Crawford was being sought for the role of “Helen Baird.” The following week, a 14 Mar 1962 Var brief named Stuart Whitman as a recent addition to the cast, and stated that Jean Arthur was in negotiations to co-star. According to the 26 Apr 1962 DV, David Janssen was considered for the role of a “heavy.”
       The 28 May 1962 DV announced the start of principal photography that day. The bulk of filming took place at Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. lot in Los Angeles, CA. In early Jun 1962, two weeks of location filming were done in Chino, CA, according to the 14 Jun 1962 DV. Around that time, the title was changed to A Woman in July. (A final title change to The Stripper was announced in a 22 Jan 1963 DV brief.)
       On 23 Jun 1962, NYT reported that Carol Lynley had been added to the cast. Lynley’s part was shot, but later taken out of the film. A 19 Sep 1962 DV item explained that her role, “Miriam Caswell,” had not been in Inge’s play, and did not turn out to be “right for the picture.” DV also suggested the removal of Miriam Caswell allowed filmmakers to reduce the length from three hours to a one-hundred-minute running time. However, Lynley’s performance was reinstated prior to theatrical release, as indicated by the 24 Apr 1963 DV review, which lamented that her talents were “wasted in a thankless role.” While critical reception was largely negative, gowns designer Travilla received an Academy Award nomination for Costume Design (Black-and-White).
       Christopher Bowler, Bill Stickler, Pitt Herbert, and dancers Scherry Staiger and Renee Paul were named as cast members in DV items published Jun--Jul 1962.
       The Stripper marked the final film for producer Jerry Wald, who suffered a fatal heart attack on 13 Jul 1962, while the picture was still in production. The 19 Sep 1962 DV indicated that director Franklin J. Schaffner took on Wald’s production duties after his death.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Jul 1961
p. 10.
Daily Variety
13 Mar 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
26 Apr 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 May 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
14 Jun 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
15 Jun 1962
p. 6.
Daily Variety
22 Jun 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Jul 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
13 Jul 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
16 Jul 1962
p. 1, 10.
Daily Variety
16 Jul 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
19 Jul 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 1962
p. 8.
Daily Variety
19 Sep 1962
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
22 Jan 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Apr 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
9 Mar 1962
Section D, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
3 Jul 1962
Section C, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jul 1962
p. 1, 12.
Los Angeles Times
7 Jun 1963.
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Los Angeles Times
12 Jun 1963
Section C, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jun 1963
Section C, p. 11.
New York Times
13 Oct 1961.
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New York Times
23 Jun 1962.
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New York Times
20 Jun 1963.
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Variety
20 Sep 1961
p. 7.
Variety
14 Mar 1962
p. 3.
Variety
1 Aug 1962
p. 3, 20.
Variety
28 Nov 1962
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jerry Wald Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns des
MUSIC
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
Miss Woodward's hair styles design
Hair styles supervised by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play A Loss of Roses by William Inge (New York, 28 Nov 1959).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Woman in July
Celebration
Release Date:
12 June 1963
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 12 Jun 1963; New York opening: 19 Jun 1963
Production Date:
began 28 May 1962
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jerry Wald Productions
15 May 1963
LP24886
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After failing to make a successful career as a dancer in movies, Lila Green joins a second-rate vaudeville act. When the show arrives in the small Kansas town where Lila spent part of her childhood, Ricky Powers, the troupe's manager and Lila's lover, skips town with their money, and Lila moves in with an old friend, Helen Baird, and her young son, Kenny. The ardent but inexperienced Kenny becomes so attracted to Lila that he breaks off with his teenaged girl friend and asks Lila to marry him. Lila's happiness is shattered when she realizes that Kenny's promises are a result of youthful infatuation. Ricky returns to offer Lila a job--performing a striptease at a stag show--and she reluctantly agrees to do the act. Kenny watches the performance and becomes so disgusted with what Lila has been reduced to that he once more proposes. She refuses, however, knowing that their marriage would never work, and she decides also to forego her career to make a new life for ...

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After failing to make a successful career as a dancer in movies, Lila Green joins a second-rate vaudeville act. When the show arrives in the small Kansas town where Lila spent part of her childhood, Ricky Powers, the troupe's manager and Lila's lover, skips town with their money, and Lila moves in with an old friend, Helen Baird, and her young son, Kenny. The ardent but inexperienced Kenny becomes so attracted to Lila that he breaks off with his teenaged girl friend and asks Lila to marry him. Lila's happiness is shattered when she realizes that Kenny's promises are a result of youthful infatuation. Ricky returns to offer Lila a job--performing a striptease at a stag show--and she reluctantly agrees to do the act. Kenny watches the performance and becomes so disgusted with what Lila has been reduced to that he once more proposes. She refuses, however, knowing that their marriage would never work, and she decides also to forego her career to make a new life for herself.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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