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?


During the rehearsals for Gypsy (1962), Mervyn LeRoy was not happy with the girl that he had cast to play "Dainty June". (This was before Ann Jillian was cast.) He thought that the actress was not as good of a dancer or singer as Morgan Brittany, who played "Baby June". He tried to make Suzanne look old enough to play "Dainty June" by having Orry-Kelly design older clothes with padding and having her wear high heels, but the transformation didn't work, she still looked too young to play opposite Natalie Wood, so another casting session brought the role to Ann Jillian. Ann was not really a dancer but her voice was spectacular and Mervyn felt that she made a more believable older June. See more »


When Rose gets mad about Grandzigar's offer, and she says, "My sense of motherhood comes first", she makes a fist and puts it on her hip. However, when Herbie says, "Then you gotta see this is right," Rose's hand is back down, and on the contract. See more »


Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: You really would have been something, Mother.
Rose Hovick: Think so?
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: If you had had someone to push you like I had.
Rose Hovick: If I could've been, I would've been. And that's show business.
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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 »


Referenced in Empire: The Outspoken King (2015) 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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Get Off Roz's back!
26 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For years I have read that Rosalind Russell was miscast as Mama Rose in this film production of "Gypsy." I disagree. I thought she brought great humanity to this hard-boiled character. Russell proves that no person's persona is black or white, but a mixture of both. In short, her performance is excellent and very touching.

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