Gypsy (1962)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Wallace ...
Betty Bruce ...
Harry Shannon ...
'Baby' June (as Suzanne Cupito)
'Dainty' June (as Ann Jilliann)
Diane Pace ...
Faith Dane ...
Roxanne Arlen ...
Jean Willes ...
Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie ...
Ben Lessy ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

1 November 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cyganka  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Gypsy Rose Lee visited the set and gave Natalie Wood some tips on her stripping routines. See more »


During the birthday party scene, when the landlord comes in the shadow of a boom mike is visible on the wall. See more »


Rose Hovick: You need something to remind you your goal was to be a great actress. Not a cheap stripper.
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: My sister's the actress, mother. And I'm *not* a cheap stripper. I'm the highest-paid in the business.
Rose Hovick: You won't be ready for vaudeville when it comes back.
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: No, I'll be *dead*.
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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 »


References Why Girls Leave Home (1921) See more »


If Momma Was Married
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Natalie Wood and Ann Jillian
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Bravo to Russell and Wood!
20 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell, a true world-class actress, brought perfect line readings and comic timing and delivery, along with a nice patrician air, to the role of Rose, and no one has matched her -- before or since. I've seen every Mama Rose -- Merman, Peters, Midler, Lansbury, Betty Buckley, Andrea McArdle, Mary McCarty, Joanne Worley and Giselle MacKenzie -- and none of them touches Russell in the role, certainly not in the kind of nuanced humanity she brought to it. (There have been a lot of caricaturing, mugging and over-acting in this role.) And Natalie Wood is the only actress I've seen to do anything remotely three-dimensional with the underwritten role of Louise/Gypsy. Bravo to both!

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