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?


Rosalind Russell worked with June Havoc (Dainty June) in the movie, My Sister Eileen (1942). 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 »


Rose Hovick: [contemplating an unneeded wig] You know, we could get a nice refund on this... if we'd ever paid for it.
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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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Together, Wherever We Go
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden
Filmed and shown at press screenings, but deleted from the final print
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Terrific Film Musical
19 February 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific filmization of the 1959 Broadway show which starred Ethel Merman. Although some may argue that Rosalind Russell is not effective in the role of Mama Rose, I can't see how anyone could complain. Russell is excellent in the role, she's funny, entertaining, and sincere. Although I understand her singing voice was dubbed, it still sounds more pleasant to me then the loud, brash singing of Merman that I heard from the Broadway soundtrack album.

As for the others, Karl Malden is great in his role, as is Ann Jillian as June. The real star here, to me, is Natalie Wood who is both believable in her role as the neglected Louise, and stunning in her transformation to Gypsy Rose Lee. The moment where she looks in the mirror prior to her first solo performance ("I'm pretty!"), is one of the best screen moments ever.

The songs and musical scenes here are all wonderful too, "If Mama Was Married" is a great duet between June and Louise, "Everything's Coming Up Roses" is terrific too, as is "Rose's Turn" and most of the others. If there is one complaint to be made about this film, it's that the wonderful "Together, Wherever We Go" number was cut out. Worse then that, no prints with that number intact seem to exist on 35mm. Other then that, though, it is a great film with excellent Technicolor photography and excellent music. If you love musicals, see it, and be sure to see it in the wide screen version.

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