Cinema: Vanishing Act

The Stripper. To compound the fib implied in the title, Producer Jerry Wald has hauled a matron named Gypsy Rose Lee into a few scenes at the beginning of this screen version of William Inge's 1959 play, A Loss of Roses. Fortunately, Gypsy does not strip; wearisomely, neither does anyone else. But Joanne Woodward gets guillotined.

That is to say, she gets it in the neck when her boy friend does a vanishing act from a traveling magic show, stranding the troupe in a Kansas tank town. But she looks around, notices that by gosh it is the very town she grew...

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