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Gypsy (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1 November 1962 (USA)
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Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Arthur Laurents (based upon the stage play: book by), Gypsy Rose Lee (from the memoirs of) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Rose Hovick
Natalie Wood ... Louise Hovick
Karl Malden ... Herbie Sommers
Paul Wallace ... Tulsa
Betty Bruce Betty Bruce ... Tessie Tura
Parley Baer ... Mr. Kringelein
Harry Shannon ... Grandpa
Morgan Brittany ... 'Baby' June (as Suzanne Cupito)
Ann Jillian ... 'Dainty' June (as Ann Jilliann)
Diane Pace Diane Pace ... 'Baby' Louise
Faith Dane Faith Dane ... Mazeppa
Roxanne Arlen ... Electra
Jean Willes ... Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie ... George
Ben Lessy ... Mervyn Goldstone
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Storyline

Mama Rose lives to see her daughter June succeed on Broadway by way of vaudeville. When June marries and leaves, Rose turns her hope and attention to her elder, less obviously talented, daughter Louise. However, having her headlining as a stripper at Minsky's Burlesque is not what she initially has in mind. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Let this tuneful Broadway classic entertain you. See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ann-Margret was the first choice to play Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »

Goofs

When Rose gets mad about Grandzigar's offer, and she says, "My sense of motherhood comes first", she makes a fist and puts it on her hip. However, when Herbie says, "Then you gotta see this is right," Rose's hand is back down, and on the contract. See more »

Quotes

Rose Hovick: Remember - you're a lady. You make them beg for more... and then don't give it to them!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are superimposed on a closed stage curtain, below which is an orchestra and conductor, performing the film's overture. The overture has been truncated from the stage version's original overture, but is otherwise quite faithful to it. See more »

Alternate Versions

The song "Together, Wherever We Go", along with the second duet part of "You'll Never Get Away from Me" was cut after the film was first released and was, for the most part, forgotten (both songs feature Karl Malden). it was supposed that all prints of these songs had disinigrated (the video version even says that they are no longer available). Recently, a film collector was found who had an old print of Gypsy with these songs intact but in very poor condition. They are included on the dvd in the "bonus" section. See more »

Connections

Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything's Coming Up Roses
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Lisa Kirk
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Not as bad as some think, in fact pretty good!
21 February 2010 | by carolpageSee all my reviews

It's been nearly 50 years since I first saw this film, and at the time I thought it was good. Over the years since, many criticisms have been hurled at this film version, and it has suffered a bad reputation. Yes, it would have been great to have a film record of Merman performing one of her most famous roles, but Merman was not as good on film as on the stage. In subsequent years, I have seen the Bette Midler TV version (Midler was much more miscast than Roz Russell! And Midler seemed to really struggle vocally in the part). I have also seen Tyne Daly on stage (great acting, vocally a stretch for her), and most recently, Patti LuPone's Tony winning, mesmerizing performance on stage. LuPone had both the acting and singing ability required and then some - it would be interesting to see how she would fare in a film version. So, when TCM recently showed this, I thought it was time to revisit the film and see what my view was after nearly 50 years. My verdict is that Rosalind Russell is not that bad really, she really acts the part, and as for Lisa Kirk dubbing some of her songs, I think it is a good fit and not at all distracting. All of the supporting roles are excellently played, too, especially my favorite Paul Wallace as Tulsa. In short, I think Russell deserves a lot more credit than she is often given for her performance!


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