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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (book) and
Charles MacArthur (book) ...
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Release Date:
21 December 1962 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Jump for joy it's jumbo!
Plot:
A Debt-ridden circus is saved by an well-meaning but inept publicity man Pop Wonder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Doris Day ... Kitty Wonder

Stephen Boyd ... Sam Rawlins

Jimmy Durante ... Anthony 'Pop' Wonder
Martha Raye ... Lulu

Dean Jagger ... John Noble
Joseph Waring ... Harry
Lynn Wood ... Tina
Charles Watts ... Ellis
James Chandler ... Parsons
Robert Burton ... Madison
Wilson Wood ... Hank

Norman Leavitt ... Eddie
Grady Sutton ... Driver
Ron Henon ... Circus Performer
The Carlisles ... Circus Performers
The Pedrolas ... Circus Performers
Wazzan Troupe ... Circus Performers (as The Wazzans)
Poodles Hanneford ... Circus Performers (as The Hannefords)
Billy Barton ... Circus Performer
Corky Cristiani ... Circus Performer
Victor Julian ... Circus Performer
Richard Berg ... Circus Performer
Joe Monahan ... Circus Performer
Miss Loni ... Circus Performer (as Miss Lani)
Adolph Dubsky ... Circus Performer
Pat Anthony ... Circus Performer
Janos Prohaska ... Circus Performer
The Barbettes ... Circus Performers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Minor Role (uncredited)

John Astin ... Pilot (uncredited)

Nesdon Booth ... Marshall (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Reporter (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Rider on Monkey Wagon (uncredited)
John Burnside ... 3rd Deputy (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Dottie (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Andy (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Chuck Couch ... Mantino (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Christian Haren ... Lennie - Roustabout (uncredited)
John Hart ... Marshall (uncredited)
Bill Hines ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Elephant Rider (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Michaels (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... 2nd Deputy (uncredited)
Ralph Lee ... Perry (uncredited)
C.J. Madison ... Elephant Trainer (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Show Spectator (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Hans (uncredited)
Churchill Ross ... Aasron Richards (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Dick (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Sydney ... Jumbo (uncredited)
Paul Wexler ... Sharpie (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Roustabout (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (book) and
Charles MacArthur (book)

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Edens .... associate producer
Martin Melcher .... producer
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leo Arnaud (uncredited)
Alexander Courage (uncredited)
Roger Edens (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard W. Farrell 
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
George W. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
 
Costume Design by
Morton Haack 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Jane Gorton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Busby Berkeley .... second unit director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carl Beondé .... prop (uncredited)
Robert Murdock .... prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Michael J. Clark .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tom Overton .... sound mixer (uncredited)
James Utterback .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mike Voss .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special visual effects
Robert R. Hoag .... special visual effects
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Chuck Couch .... stunt double: Stephen Boyd (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fenton Hamilton .... electrician (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beau Vanden Ecker .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Robert Ellsworth .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Elva Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
George Stoll .... conductor
George Stoll .... music supervisor
Robert Tucker .... vocal arrangements (as Bobby Tucker)
Robert Van Eps .... orchestrator
Ralph Ives .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irving Aaronson .... assistant to producer
Al Dobritch .... coordinator: circus acts
Billy Rose .... based on the musical play produced by, at the New York Hippodrome
Billy Rose .... stage producer
Cleo Anton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Busby Berkeley .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jumbo" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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Runtime:
123 min | 127 min (DVD version)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
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Trivia:
This was Doris Day's last appearance in a full-on musical - and one of the last of the lavishly-budgeted MGM musicals as well. Despite Day being ranked the #1 box office star at the time of its release, it was widely considered a box office failure.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Lulu somehow manages to come out of the cannon backwards - the opposite way to how she entered.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
My RomanceSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Circus Is On Parade, 9 February 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Doris Day's final musical role was in Jumbo which finally came to the screen almost 30 years after it played at the legendary Hippodrome Theater for 233 performances in 1935. Henceforth all of Doris's films would be screen comedies in which she may have sung a ditty or two in the film or over the title credits. But Jumbo was her last true musical.

Jumbo was directed by Charles Walters an old hand at musicals, his best known probably being High Society. But Walters had an even older hand working with him in Busby Berkeley. His touch is obvious as the second unit director in some of the musical numbers. Jumbo marked Berkeley farewell screen credit.

The plot is little changed from the 1935 show. Jimmy Durante who was repeating his role from the original Broadway cast is Pop Wonder a kindly circus owner who owes everyone in a 20 mile radius because of his gambling problem. He's the despair of his daughter Doris Day and Martha Raye who does a crystal ball act on the sideshow who Durante's been carrying a long term courtship of.

His show is in desperate straights with acts quitting him left and right, Doris is fulfilling several acts and jobs on the show, from high wire work to clown. One day handsome and muscular Stephen Boyd comes looking for a job. He seems like the answer to a prayer, but it turns out he's the son of rival circus owner Dean Jagger and doing a little espionage for the old man.

Durante's show has one real asset, the legendary circus elephant Jumbo whom as we know was the real life main attraction of Barnum&Bailey's real life circus in the 19th century. It's that which Jagger means to have.

Of course the boy/girl thing as usual gets in the way with Day and Boyd. Their romance is played out under the big top to the strains of one of Rodgers&Hart's best scores. Made even better by the addition of This Can't Be Love from The Boys From Syracuse.

So many good songs by Rodgers and Hart you hardly know where to begin. Doris gets to sing My Romance, This Can't Be Love, and one of the most plaintive ballads of heartbreak ever written, Little Girl Blue. Stephen Boyd if he wasn't dubbed, had a nice singing voice and does a good job on The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, with an obbligato done by Jimmy Durante.

I've seen stills of the technically off Broadway production of the original cast in 1935. With all the circus acts, no conventional Broadway Theater could have possibly housed this show. The Hippodrome which was located on Sixth Avenue and 43rd Street has been gone since before World War II, Jumbo was the last show of any kind done there. I wish I could have seen it live.

My guess is that producer Billy Rose drove a hard bargain in getting just compensation for the screen rights. It's why Jumbo took so long to come to the screen. Fortunately it made it there just as musicals were being phased out. I'm sure Rose's name in the title was another bit of vanity for him to get the show to the screen.

Despite what I consider an almost surreal ending, Jumbo still delights musical and circus fans of all ages and will continue to do so. You can never go wrong with a musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

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