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A Debt-ridden circus is saved by an well-meaning but inept publicity man Pop Wonder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kitty Wonder
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Sam Rawlins
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Anthony 'Pop' Wonder
Martha Raye ...
Lulu
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John Noble
Joseph Waring ...
Harry
Lynn Wood ...
Tina
Charles Watts ...
Ellis
James Chandler ...
Parsons
Robert Burton ...
Madison
Wilson Wood ...
Hank
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Eddie
Grady Sutton ...
Driver
Ron Henon ...
Circus Performer
The Carlisles ...
Circus Performers
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Storyline

It's the early 1900's. The Wonder Circus is a traveling circus owned and operated by Anthony Wonder - who performs as a clown - and his daughter Kitty Wonder - who performs as an aerialist and trick rider. Although Kitty loves her Pop as she and all the other circus performers call her father, she hates his gambling addiction which is placing the circus deep in debt. They and their employees treat the circus like one big family, especially Lulu the fortune teller who wants to be Mrs. Wonder, but the employees may only be so loyal if they aren't getting paid. As such, many of the performers leave or threaten to leave to join the Wonder Circus' main competitor, the Noble Circus owned by the power and money hungry John Noble. Although Pop and Kitty don't want anyone to leave their employ, the only act that they will never let go is Jumbo, their trained elephant, who Noble had tried to buy in the past. As many performers leave, into their midst comes circus Jack-of-all-trades Sam Rawlins.... Written by Huggo

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Jump for joy it's jumbo!


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21 December 1962 (West Germany)  »

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Jumbo  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Historical records show that many of the character names and songs of Billy Rose's "Jumbo" in the 1935 stage production were entirely different. Jimmy Durante appeared in the original New York stage production, but not as the owner of the circus. He is listed as "Claudius B. Bowers", a character name not in the film. See more »

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Jumbo is alternately using his front feet/back feet between shots when he is dancing on the circus pedestal. See more »

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Why Can't I?
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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About 10 Years Too Late in Adaptation
14 December 2002 | by (Durham, England) – See all my reviews

The MGM musical circus had left Culver City a few years earlier by the time the studio decided to film this 1930s stage extravaganza. The result is bright and competent enough (and it retains most of the wonderful Rodgers & Hart songs), but ten years earlier the Arthur Freed Unit would have sharpened up the book, included a lot more dancing and had a superior leading man (Stephen Boyd is a disaster in this movie). Doris Day sings the standards very well, and - stealing the film - Jimmy Durante (who gives a glorious rendition of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World") and Martha Raye are memorable in support.


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