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Directed by Lillian Hunt / James R. Connell
USA 1952- 1953

 

From the era of pasties and a g-string come a bevy of burlesque beauties performing their signature striptease acts, accompanied by a raucous gang of hairy-armed, baggy-pants comedians, testing the boundaries of what was morally permissible on the midcentury movie screen. Both Peek-a-Boo and B Girl Rhapsody are directed by burlesque impresario Lillian Hunt, who shot the film in a style that preserves the theatrical experience, never allowing the viewer to cross the footlights, never affording the audience too close a view. The results are two time capsules that offer priceless front-row views of old-school bump and grind (shot on location at the New Follies Theater in Los Angeles), a treat for nostalgic octogenarians and millennial New Burlesque fans alike.  

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Theatrical Release: 1952-1953

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Review: Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Peek-a-Boo: 1:09:06.041

B-Girl Rhapsody: 1:16:54.083

Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,244,108,267 bytes

Peek-a-Boo: 17,509,893,696 bytes

B-Girl Rhapsody: 15,728,447,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,244,108,267 bytes

Peek-a-Boo: 17,509,893,696 bytes

B-Girl Rhapsody: 15,728,447,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary for Peek-A-Boo by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films 1919-1959
Audio commentary for "B" Girl Rhapsody by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 24th, 2021
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Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (August 2021): Kino have transferred Peek-A-Boo and "B" Girl Rhapsody to Blu-ray. Both have been on DVD; Peek-A-Boo was part of the Hollywood Burlesque boxset and "B" Girl Rhapsody was in the Strip, Strip Hurray DVD box the reviewed HERE. The image quality suffers with a lack of stability in the credits - probably the negative has warped somewhat. "B" Girl Rhapsody has a notable vertical scratch near the end. Both settle and look okay - a clear notch above SD with fluctuations a function of the source. Mostly, it is more than acceptable - see the captures below.

In Kino's Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture series have already reviewed Volume One; Mom and Dad, (about STDs, birth control,) Volume 3; Unashamed / Elysia (nudity, nudist camps), Volume 4 - Marihuana and/ Narcotic (also drugs) and Tomorrow's Children / Child Bride (eugenics / child marriage - Volume 5), Volume 6 1949's She Should Have Said No and The Devil's Sleep, Ingagi Volume 8 (bizarre pseudo-documentary as exploitation) and Lash of the Penitentes - Volume 9 (exploitive details of the semi-famous Penitente murder case,) Volume 10, Wages of Sin, tackles abortion and birth control. Girl Gang / Pin-Down Girl, Vol. 11, has stories surrounding the world of female wrestling. Peek-A-Boo / "B" Girl Rhapsody, Vol. 12 looks at a couple of 50's Burlesque shows.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use linear PCM 2.0 channel tracks (16-bit) in the original English language. Both films have music credited to Phil Greene (The Girl Hunters, The Man Who Finally Died, Basil Dearden's Victim, The League of Gentlemen, Sapphire and All Night Long) and there is some performance work - beach balls and props. - lots of bending over etc.. It sounds occasionally imperfect - like the video. Kino offer optional English subtitles, for both features, on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray doesn't disappoint with extras. We get an audio commentary for Peek-A-Boo by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films, where he talks about the performers (often strippers of the day) like Venus (as 'Venus the Body Beautiful'), Patti Waggin, The Duponts, Jennie Lee, Marlana, Suzette, Virginia Valentine, Sherry Winters, the style and the milieu of burlesque in the 50s and beyond. Plus we get second commentary for "B" Girl Rhapsody by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas who has written several books on exploitation cinema (ex. Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study) she reads from Elena Gorfinkel's Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s. She shares some details on force behind these; Lillian Hunt and much more about spirit of this unique art form, the 'Nudie Cuties' and other interesting facts about burlesque and its evolution. Both commentaries are excellent.

Both Peek-A-Boo and "B" Girl Rhapsody are pretty interesting - historically speaking. Some of the dancers are quite good with impressive ballet-like or uniform costuming and funky, rather intricate, lingerie. It amounts to cheesecake titillation interspersed with comedic routines - akin to Abbott and Costello - but often more broad with language innuendo. Beyond the 'art form' being erotic, theatrical and comedic - there is a fascination with its evolution as a performance craft. It's even cute and fascinating as well as weird. I'd like to see more like this with commentaries by Schaefer and Heller-Nicholas. The Kino Blu-ray helps capture the allure of the golden age of these, often intricate and well rehearsed performances. Probably a niche market but of all the Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture series I'd recommended this one and Girl Gang / Pin-Down Girl the most. 

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