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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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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?


In the film, the character of Herbie appears early as "Uncle Jocko". This doubling does not exist in the original musical but was done, presumably, to get Karl Malden on screen earlier. See more »


When Rose, Baby June, Louise, and their grandfather enter the grandfather's house in Seattle, the number on the front of the house reads "3801." In the very next shot, when Herbie is filling out a telegram to Rose (who is still staying at the grandfather's house), the address on the telegram is "733." See more »


Rose Hovick: Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Here's Rose!
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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 »


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Dainty June and Her Farmboys
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Well, I liked it.
10 February 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

No, it didn't have Ethel Merman. Most films didn't have Ethel Merman. That's because Ms. Merman was always something of a Sherman Tank personality- regardless of vocal strength- and her vocals and mannerisms would've been entirely too big on film. The jury will be forever out as to whether or not Rosalind Russell did her own singing or was partially looped by Lisa Kirk, but it ultimately doesn't matter. She captures perfectly the nuance of a driven stage mother whose ambitions cause her daughters to simultaneously love her and be frustrated by her. (In hindsight, the best possible Rose probably would've been none other than Judy Garland, named in an early casting package. Can you imagine?) As it is, I thought the most amazing performance came from Natalie Wood- who appears to age roughly fifteen years throughout the film. Note her first appearance in the film celebrating a lonely birthday with a baby lamb; she looks roughly thirteen years old. All through the troupe's vaudeville adventures she remains in the background until the train depot sequence; she then grows up overnight- first as a counselor to her mother (as 'Rose-Louise'), then begins to find her voice in the Wichita burlesque sequences as a seamstress and bit player with the strippers, then finally in the "star strip," we actually see her turn into Gypsy Rose Lee- all grown up and gorgeous. Wonderful support from manager Karl Malden and sister Ann Jillian.

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