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Lulu Belle (1948)
Starring Dorothy Lamour and George Montgomery

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
In this musical drama set at the turn-of-the-century, a saloon singer marries a wealthy attorney and then begins fooling around with a series of lovers, including a boxer, his manager, and a powerful owner of a railroad who takes her to New York where she becomes a Broadway star. Unfortunately, her happiness is short-lived when her sordid past catches up with her, and she is shot.
Director: Leslie Fenton

Writers: Everett Freeman, Karl Kamb,Charles MacArthur, Edward Sheldon

Stars: Dorothy Lamour, George Montgomery, Albert Dekker, Otto Kruger, Glenda Farrell, Greg McClure
Songs include:

I Can't Tell Why I Love You, But I Do
Written by Gus Edwards and Will D. Cobb
Sung by Dorothy Lamour

The Ace in the Hole
Written by George Mitchell and James Dempsey
Sung by Dorothy Lamour

Sweetie Pie
Written by Henry Russell and John Lehmann
Sung by Dorothy Lamour

Lulu Belle
Written by Henry Russell and Edgar De Lange
Sung by Dorothy Lamour

The film was an adaption of a sensational 1920s hit play by Charles MacArthur and Edward Sheldon, about a mulatto songstress, a "man-trap" who bewitched powerful men in New Orleans. This convoluted but heavily sanitized post-Code film version of the play was about a Caucasian songbird who could not be true to her boxer beau. Although the film offered a change of pace for its star, Dorothy Lamour, it was not a success at the box office.
Famous Broadway singer Lulu Belle (Dorothy Lamour) and Harry Randolph (Otto Kruger), her rich suitor, are found shot and severely wounded in her dressing room one night after the show. They are discovered by Lulu's best friend, Molly Benson (Glenda Farrell), and taken unconscious to the hospital. Lulu's ex-husband, George Davis (George Montgomery), is accused of the shooting, since he has been previously convicted of attempted murder of another man who got too close to Lulu. During George's interrogation he tells the story of how he met Lulu for the first time. She was performing in a dodgy place called the Natchez Café, and he was so taken with her that he left his fiancée and law practice to elope with her to New Orleans. They lived a wild life of luxury for awhile until his money ran out. She left for another man, high-stakes gambler Mark Brady (Albert Dekker) to support her expensive lifestyle. George realizes that Lulu is bad news and leaves her. It doesn't take long before they get back together again. Lulu is offered a job by Mark, as a singer at a club he is starting, and George starts drinking heavily to drown his sorrows. He tries to get Molly to help stop Lulu's way of life. Lulu wants to divorce him to set him free. That night a wealthy man named Harry Randolph comes to visit the club with his wife (Charlotte Wynters). He is immediately smitten with Lulu, and decides to help her become a star on Broadway.
George picks a fight with boxer Butch and is beaten black and blue. George manages to stick a fork in Butch's eye and put an end to his fighting career. For this he is convicted and sentenced to prison. Lulu goes with Randolph, her new benefactor, to New York and Broadway. Randolph puts a lot of money and effort into building Lulu's career and a theater. After five years of working close together, Randolph asks Lulu to marry him. Lulu finds out that George has been released from prison and asks him to come her apartment. Mark turns up later in the evening at the theater and tries to force Lulu to come back with him, but she refuses. George meets Lulu right after the show that night and is sucked into her beam of charm again, when she proclaims her love for him. They decide to start a new life together. Without hesitation, Lulu tells Randolph that she won't marry him and he is upset. Then comes the night of the shooting. Returning to the present, police commissioner Dixon (Addison Richards) gathers all the persons involved in the story, including Mrs. Randolph, at the dying Randolph's bedside. He asks Randolph to tell them who the shooter was, and he reveals it was his wife. George is vindicated and freed of all charges. He stays by Lulu's side long enough to make sure she will recover, then returns to his hometown alone.
The PCA objected to the premise of the Broadway play on which the film was based because "it is a story of adultery and illicit sex without the proper compensating moral values...the story relates in detail the sins of a woman...which are unacceptable under the provision of the Code." To circumvent some of the PCA's objections, the status of "George," a married man in the play, was changed to be a single man who is engaged to a "respectable" woman.
Stirling Hayden was originally intended to star with Lamour.
Bank of America sued Columbia Pictures and Benedict Bogeaus Productions for failing to repay $324,000 that the bank had loaned them for this production. The bank eventually foreclosed on its loan, and in 1953, reissued the picture through Favorite Films Attractions, a privately owned film exchange.
Dorothy Lamour is fabulous in the part of Lulu Belle, a nightclub singer who sings in cheap dives at the turn of the century. Whilst there, she meets and soon marries George, who has given up his career - and his fiancee - to be with her. George, however, is only the first in a long line of male suitors for Lulu Belle, but he's the one that keeps her heart.
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