1940s Ann Corio Burlesque Stripper Program Strip Tease

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  • Sold Date: Aug 08, 2010
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18 page souvenir program from stage show "Sleep It Off" with Ann Corio, famous strip tease dancer stripper of the 1930s and 40s burlesque circuit. Excellent condition, cover has a slight, slight bend at center. Many old time actors were in the show, most importantly Ann Corio, from her official website: "By 1936 Corio was a star in the Minsky theatres in New York City, drawing a star salary during the depression. At the time, t were distinct line of business for dancers: (the chorus and featured strippers and teasers) The feature strippers undressed down to a g-string and pasties, but the teaser "She is alwyas about to undress, but she never completely fulfills the promise of her eyes and hips," wrote David Dressler in a 1937 study of New York Burlesque. Like her contemporary Gypsy Rose Lee, Corio was a teaser. Corio claimed never to have done the bump and grind. As a headliner in the burlesque circuits of the 1930s, Corio was a favorite of Harvard students at the Old Howard Theatre in Boston and Supreme Court Justices in Washington DC. In the 1940s Corio left Burlesque claiming that the shows were increasingly lewd and less professional." She later went on to preserve the traditions of burlesque and many of the original dances with her show "This Was Burlesque". A fascinating woman! And smart too. This program inside the cover reads: Harry Joe Brown Ralph Murphy present A Farce Comedy in Three Acts, SLEEP IT OFF with Ann Corio by Lyford Moore and Harlan Thompson featuring Charlie Smith Ben Welden Stanley Brown, Miss Corio's costumes by Mansor of Hollywood. Other players: William Hudson, Edwin Mills, Fred Kohler Jr., Leander de Cordova, Evelyn Eaton, Robert McCutchin, Betsy Howard, Kay Hammond, Warren Mills, Michael Jeffrey, P.J. Kelly, William Joy, Janay Caron. 's what I know about some of the cast: Ben Welden will look familiar to anyone who ever watched the Adventures of Superman with George Reeves on tv. He played one of the bad guys, in fact he played in 8 episodes always a different guy. he also made 120 films between 1930 and 1966. Mr. Welden, supposedly the kindest and gentlest of men, opened a California based popcorn business (called "Nutcorn") He also starred with Humphrey Bogart in the Big Sleep, and appeared in numerous tv shows such as Batman, Lucy Show, I Love Lucy, Dragnet, Etc. Definitely a recognizable face. Evelynne Eaton was a B movie starlet, her most famous being the Film Noire Noir ? movie The Finger Man. P.J. Kelley was an Irish actor who appeared in many movies in the 30s and 40s usually as a butler or a scholarly type. Fred Kohler Jr. son of Fred senior who was a "bad guy" in many many cowboy serials, often with Tom Mix. Charlie Smith is recognizable from the movie The Shop Around The Corner, and may be remembered for several stints on the Andy Griffith Show as "counter guy" in one of the shops. Also appeared in many wartime B movies. Kay Hammond played Mary Todd Lincoln in the film Abraham Lincoln (1930) Stanley Brown appeared in Penny Seranade in 1941 and many many other less known movies Leander de Cordova born in Kingston Jamaica, co director in 1916, 1925 silent version of "She", also appeared in the Dick Tracy serial 1937, and Zorro's Fighting Legion. Warren Mills son of Evelynne Eaton (also in the production) took his own life in 1976, he was a child actor and did some teen movies in the 40s. This program is packed with info on Ms. Corio, a full page entitled "The Fabulous Facts of Ann Corio" gives all kinds of info. T is a center spread of photos of her entitled America's No. 1 Allure Girl. Another page is half entitled "Ann Corio Legend" the other half is "The Fabulous Hand of the Fabulous Ann Corio" and gives detailed info on Ann based on her hand print! Another full page is "Quotes from the Printed Words of Ann Corio". T is also a page on the producers, Harry Joe Brown and Ralph Murphy, and another full page on the Authors Lyford Moore and Harlan Thompson. On the producers page, the previous owner, a serviceman stationed in California in 1943-44 wrote "...