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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 »
User Reviews:
MGM's Last Big Musical See more (37 total) »

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:
In 1959 this was announced as a Debbie Reynolds vehicle.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jumbo is alternately using his front feet/back feet between shots when he is dancing on the circus pedestal.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Little Girl BlueSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
MGM's Last Big Musical, 30 November 1998
Author: Ralph McKnight from New York, New York

In 1962, Doris Day was the top box office star (male or female) in the world. "Billy Rose's Jumbo" opened in New York at Radio City Music Hall during a newspaper strike and a snow storm which made the film suffer at the box office.

It is a wonderful film with great music, good acting and some exciting circus acts. Steven Boyd was the latest actor/wanna-be star to utilize Miss Day as a stepping stone to fame. He was handsome and a good choice to play opposite Doris Day.

The story is secondary to the rest of the film. Simply, Doris' father, Jimmy Durante, owner of the Wonder Circus, was in deep financial trouble and about to lose his business. Boyd played the son of the owner of a rival circus who wants to take over the Durante organization including the main attraction, Jumbo, the wonder elephant.

Day, of course, falls in love with Boyd and the rest is music. Doris Day had some wonderful moments. She showed her mettle as a comedienne in a scene where she takes over a crap game from her father to win back the money he has lost.

Her singing of "My Romance" was very beautiful and I loved the part when she turns, with Boyd, and starts to walk as she sings. Her rendition of "Little Girl Blue" was dramatic and poinant.

Martha Raye, was, well, Martha Raye and Jimmy Durante was, err, Jimmy Durante!

The picture looks like they spent a lot of money on it, the color was sharp and the camera work superb. I also enjoyed the final, "Sawdust, Spangles and Dreams". Day and Raye were very funny as clowns.

This picture is often dismissed as being a flop, the only film which failed during Miss Day's run of box office bonanza. That's unfair because the New York Critics' reviews were not available to inform the public. Their words set the tone for the success or failure of a film. That was especially true in 1962.

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