Some films have been rated as to their corset-visibility, using little 's.
One denotes little corsetry, while is a VERY GOOD corset-film.
Films with "lacing" scenes are denoted with "Lacing".
Films with corsets UNDER gowns only are denoted with "Gowns".
Obviously, these ratings have little to do with a critical evaluation of the film itself.
Note: All clips available here are for review purposes only, presented in order to entice the viewer to purchase the film in its entirety.
All copyrights are respected.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER "CORSETS UNDER GOWNS" PAGE
THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S
"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES
"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES
1986---- Lacing RADIO DAYS (MIA FARROW)
Grandmother being laced into her old ladies' corset just before World War II.
1957---- Gowns RAINTREE COUNTY (ELIZABETH TAYLOR & EVA MARIE SAINT)
For the sumptuous, tight-bodiced gowns only! There is one very brief shot of Ms. Taylor's corset: she is changing her clothes, and there is a glimpse of her period underwear, sturdy white stays and a tremendous hoop to hold out her magnificent skirts.
Stephen K. writes:
I have been looking at a biography of Elizabeth Taylor: Liz, by C. David Heymann, published in London by Heinemann (but obviously a British edition of an American book) 1995. Daniel Mann, director of Butterfield 8, discusses working on it with her during one of the periods when she was gaining weight:
'"I considered her caustic and overindulged by all the years of stardom she'd enjoyed. We made a mistake in trying to pamper her. M-G-M demonstrated a willingness to do almost anything to appease her so as not to jeopardize the film. I imagine these were difficult times for her. She seemed a little rearranged in the head, probably because of the circumstance of Mike Todd's dying and her becoming immediately involved with Eddie Fisher. When she first arrived in New York, she appeared unattractive. She was overweight and had dark circles under her eyes. The reason she looked great in the film was because she received a great deal of assistance. The clothes she wore in Butterfield 8 had to be constantly refitted. Special undergarments and corsets were employed to hold her body in shape. She had lost the firmness of youth and looked matronly before her time. I also determined that she couldn't see a thing without contact lenses; she was myopic."
1945---- THE RAKE'S PROGRESS (LILI PALMER)
[See House of Wax]
1958---- RALLY 'ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS! (JOAN COLLINS) --STILL CLIP*
Ms. Collins in pink fifties nice pink non-lacing corset, similar to a Merry Widow.
1947---- RAMROD (VERONICA LAKE)
1942---- RANDOM HARVEST (GREER GARSON)
2012----THE RAVEN (ALICE EVE) Stills
1969----RAWHIDE - TVS (BARBARA
Ms. Eden is corsetted in at least one episode (1963 or 1964)
1998----RAZOR BLADE SMILE (EILEEN DALY)
A vampire movie with a number of Gothic fetish-style corsets.
2003----Lacing REAL LOVE Mexican ("Amor Real") (MANY, MANY ACTRESSES) VidClip
1942---- Gowns REAP THE WILD WIND (PAULETTE GODDARD) American version entitled "Notorious Gentleman"
1985---- Lacing REBEL VIXENS- (MARIA LEASE)
A parody of 'The Scavengers,' with plenty of Civil War corsetry (Hollywood) and some lacing scenes.
1954---- Poor RED GARTERS (ROSEMARY CLOONEY)
1949---- REIGN OF TERROR (ARLENE DAHL)
THE REIVERS (SHARON
No shortage of visible corsets in the first half of this film.
2004----RENEGADE a/k/a 'Blueberry' (JULLIETE LEWIS)
Aside from the usual western corsets, there is one short view of a stunning long
black corset on a lady in the middle of the town street
about half-way through (unfortunately, we have no clip of that one). Click here for 9 still-clips Varied styles
2000----THE REPLACEMENTS (ANNABELLE FARRELL)
One of two strippers that show up for cheerleader tryouts is wearing a corset as a top. Nothing spectacular, but a corset none the less.
2008----REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA (PARIS HILTON) Stillclip
1940----THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (GENE TIERNEY)
A maid is briefly seen tying off her mistress's corset laces.
1991---- RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON (MILLA JOVOVICH) Stillclips
Mother wears corset--dies, leaving her children alone on an island.
1967----Lacing RHEINSBERG German (CORNELIA FROBOESS)
1999----RIDE WITH THE DEVIL (JEWEL KILCHER)
Stephen K. offers this excerpt from an interview
"She also never wore a corset before she had to squeeze into one for her role. Like all self-respecting 19th century women, Sue Lee wouldn't have gone
out without oe. 'That was a hard part about the movie for me. The corset was so tight, I couldn't breathe when I bent over. I wanted to die,' Jewel
recalls. She also notes the amusing adversity she had with the tight fitting period clothing she had to wear; 'At first I was so into the corset. I thought
<Oh you’ll never get me out of this. This is an addiction.> Then you get bruised kidneys and you start going <Uggghh it hurts.>"" (quoted here, but Stephen
can't track down the original URL).
Mr. K. also offers: "Probably no visible corsets but it's nice to know that the leading lady was tightly laced."
|1970----RIO LOBO (JENNIFER O'NEILL)|
RIPPER STREET - TVS - (MyANNA
2005---- RIVER QUEEN (SAMANTHA MORTON) Still-clips
RIVER OF NO RETURN (MARILYN MONROE) -- Posters and off-set image
ANOTHER CLIP AVAILABLE ON DESCRIPTOR PAGE
Dressing room scene with hero--only as Marilyn could have done it! For this film, she laced down to 19" from her normal 23".
1965----THE ROAD TO VERSAILLES ("Merveilleuse Angélique") French (MICHÈLE MERCIER) Still-clips
This was the second episode of five in the 'Angélique' film series.
1995---- THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE (BRIDGET FONDA)
Small scene in sanatorium has young female nurse wearing corset.
2002---- ROBOT WARS: THE FIFTH WARS - TVS (PHILIPPA FORRESTER)
Miss Forrester, the presenter, is wearing a rear laced, corset for this segment.
1953---- Gowns ROMAN HOLIDAY (AUDREY HEPBURN)
The dramatic curves and her manner in
these clips make it very clear that
Miss Hepburn was wearing more than
1950---- LA RONDE French (SIMONE SIGNORET)--Victorian style
Classic French "fin-de-ciecle" film. The lady playing the "actress" is in corset. One short scene.
1986---- A ROOM WITH A VIEW (HELENA BONHAM CARTER) --4 STILL CLIPS
1979----ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATIONS TVM (OLIVIA de HAVILLAND)
'Dressing' scene shows one of the female
characters dressing for her wedding day, and
struggling to fasten the busk of her corset. Her efforts are considerably
1954----ROSE MARIE (ANN BLYTH)
Scene is of Marjorie Main lacing up Ms. Blyth, who acts the part of the young Rose Marie blooming into womanhood from a childhood of buckskins
in the Canadian woods. Short scene, with the typical sort of feminine corset repartee of Fifties Hollywood.
1955----THE ROSE TATTOO (ANNA MAGNANI)
"I haven't seen this film, but was led to it by a search
Corbis. Searching on
produced Ms. Magnani in a black dress squeezing into a tight
white corset. The image comments explain that this was a publicity picture of her costume for the film The Rose Tattoo: 'Her role...called for Miss Magnani
to labor into the too-tight girdle for the cameras.' I can't say whether she wears the corset visibly in the film, but if not we have first-class evidence here
that she was well corseted underneath!" Comments by Stephen K.
1955---- ROSEN IM HERBST West German "Roses in Autumn" (RUTH LEUWERIK) Vidclip Grabs: #1 #2
2012----Gowns A ROYAL AFFAIR Danish (ALICIA VIKANDER)
Miss Vitkander: "By
the time I went on the set of Anna Karenina, I was already used to being
pulled in and wearing a corset on a daily basis […] I didn’t faint when I did
as I did when I shot A Royal Affair. I have never fainted in my life and Mikkel [Mads Mikkelsen, her co-star] was next to me and saved me as I was about to fall over. Because you can't
breathe in those costumes. It's like your lungs can only do so much."
ROYAL FLASH (FLORINDA BOLKAN)
Set in the mid 19th century, Ms. Bolkan appears as the famous adventuress, Lola Montez. In one scene she is shown dancing with Malcolm McDowell wearing
black 1860s underwear - hoop skirt and back-laced corset!
2006-----THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE TVM (BILLIE
PIPER) Mini-blog about the film
2002---- RUE DES PLAISIRS French (LAETITIA CASTA)--Long 'Merry Widow'
No lacings, but a very nice long-line.*
2007----- RUSH HOUR 3 (NOÉMIE LENOIR)
Short glimpse in a night club (wearer anonymous).
possibly a/k/a "The Singing Cowboy" (MARILU
SELA WARD)--STILL CLIP
Parody movie: The "singing cowboy" is joined by two corseted ladies 'round the ole camp fire. One long scene.
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