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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 overview, first billed only:
Kitty Wonder
Sam Rawlins
Anthony 'Pop' Wonder
John Noble
Joseph Waring ...
Lynn Wood ...
Charles Watts ...
James Chandler ...
Robert Burton ...
Wilson Wood ...
Grady Sutton ...
Ron Henon ...
Circus Performer
The Carlisles ...
Circus Performers


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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Release Date:

21 December 1962 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Jumbo  »

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This movie was based on Billy Rose's 1934 musical extravaganza and he insisted that the full title be used on the movie. See more »


At the beginning there is a stage curtain painted to show the elephant Jumbo. It portrays him as an African Elephant with large ears. The real elephant in the film was an Asian elephant with smaller ears. See more »


Referenced in My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) See more »


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totally stunning
26 June 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From the circus scenes to those wonderful musical numbers (My Romance, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, This Can't Be Love) this just shines. Day and Boyd may be a little old to play girl and boy falling in love but somehow it works. She is terrific as always, he's a damn good singer, and of course with Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye and an elephant how could it fail? One or two sections drag a bit but in the main this is exceptionally good stuff. Nice syrupy stuff if you're in the mood with some laughs along the way.

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