League of Exotic Dancers On Strike

These Hollywood strippers, members of the League of Exotic Dancers, refuse to work because "the low wage scale of $95 at week" they receive when they take time off. They are (l-r): Champagne; Daurene Dare; Jennie "The Bazoom Girl" Lee, president of the league, Rusty Lane; and Novita.

     Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 24, 2022
     Category: Entertainment | Dance | Tradesmen, Manual Laborers, and Skilled Workers | Burlesque, Exotic Dancing, Stripping and Other Forms of Staged Nakedness | Public Indecency | 1950s

Novita was an amazing dancer, professionally trained. Safe for work, but I wouldn’t watch it there. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1zizb7
Posted by SDNavyVet on 10/26/22 at 04:48 PM
SDNavyVet--what a great film! Many thanks for bringing it to us. Sometimes the tune that Novita is dancing to sounds like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Posted by Paul on 10/26/22 at 08:43 PM
Thanks for your website, Paul. I agree on the song, can’t name that tune though. Patti Waggin dances last, she has quite a bit written about her and her White Sox pitcher husband. Novita was quite popular to many people, worked in a club manage by Lenny Bruce and knew him well; all of this is well outside my area of expertise, but I’m glad some of the history has been captured on the internet. Search “Novita” and “burlesque”.
Posted by SDNavyVet on 10/27/22 at 02:01 PM
$85 a week in 1955 would be worth almost $1,000 a week these days. Not great, not bad, but if you take into account what they say about having to buy their own costumes, I can imagine them finding it a bit on the low side - at least my employer doesn't expect me to pay for the new desks he just bought.
Posted by Richard Bos on 10/30/22 at 05:24 AM
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