The rise of burlesque theater is chronicled in this lively, bawdy, and charmingly tasteless comedy produced and cowritten by Norman Lear and directed by William Friedkin. The main thrust of the plot involves Amish-raised Ekland, who rejects her upbringing and travels to the New York City of
the 1920s, seeking to convert lost souls as a religious-scene dancer. Soon she finds herself embroiled in the wild world of Robards, Jr., who is the main attraction of the National Winter Garden theater leased from his father (Wiseman) by Minsky (Gould). Robards, Jr., circulates the rumor that the
new girl in town, Ekland, will soon be performing a famed risque dance number at a...