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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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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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Let this tuneful Broadway classic entertain you. See more »


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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?


Among the details eliminated from the musical was the fact that Gypsy Rose Lee had her teeth straightened out by a dentist owned by a gangster by the name of Waxey Gordon. The surgery may have improved her career prospects. See more »


When they get out of car at their grandfather's house June and Louise are carrying suitcases with right hands, but seconds later are carrying it with their left in reverse shot. See more »


Baby June: Hello, everybody. My name is June. What's yours?
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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 »


Dainty June and Her Farmboys
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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User Reviews

Everything's coming up roses because I CERTAINLY let it entertain me!
25 March 2001 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I have LOVED this musical for about seven years... and seen both Roz & Bette's versions... now, I know most people prefer Bette... but I don't. I mean... I've read reviews where people said "Forget the '62 version... go rent Bette's!" Maybe I'm crazy... I mean, I adore Bette Midler to death, but I think Roz did a better job of actually PLAYING the part. Sure, she may not have the vocal talents of Midler and Merman... but who does?! She's more of what I imagined the real Rose Hovick to be... and she's just so... I don't know. The way she delivered her lines... it was perfection. She also made me feel just a tad sorry for Rose... now I never saw Ethel Merman play the part, but Bette never made me feel sorry for Rose. Roz does. And that's a great talent whenever you can play a part where you have people hating and yet, at the same time, feeling sorry for the character. She was absolutely brilliant in the part and I don't see how people cannot recognize this! I also enjoyed Karl Malden in the role of Herbie better than Peter Reigert (I believe that was his name). He brought such life to the role. And although Cynthia Gibb did a good job of playing Louise... Natalie Wood... I mean, who can top THAT? Natalie Wood was GREAT!!!! She was perfect as the sort of quiet, shy child that grew up into a glamorous queen of the striptease. Diane Pace who played Louise as a child did a FINE job too! Cute little girl. And then... Morgan Brittany (who is billed as Suzanne Cupito) and Ann Jillian as Baby and Dainty June... how awesome is that?! Who knew that Ann Jillian could SING? I sure didn't. Paul Wallace was awesome as Tulsa... lots of talent. It's a GREAT movie, even if it WAS a bit altered from the Broadway play... but hey, the play was a bit altered from the true life story so... what does it matter?! A GREAT MOVIE, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

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