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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
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Rosalind Russell worked with June Havoc (Dainty June) in the 1942 movie, My Sister Eileen. 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 »
But take it from me, to be a stripper, all you need to have is no talent.
You'll pardon me, but to have no talent is not enough. What you need to have is an idea that makes your strip special.
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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 »
This is one of my favorites, but I do wish Ethel Merman had been given the chance to do the role in the film. Rosalind Russell was brilliant as Mama Rose, but her voice wasn't really up to the task. She really chews up the scenery as only a diva can. Mama Rose is really a role for the bigger than life stars and Ms. Russell filled the bill perfectly. Karl Malden was a surprise in this role. He was really quite good. (As a kid, I recall him from TV, so I didn't know what a solid career he had in movies prior to his television years). Natalie Wood was properly demure and gave it as good as she was allowed. As mentioned in the other review, the story centers on Mama Rose, so Lousie (later Gypsy Rose Lee) takes a backseat to the action. If you're a fan of musicals, this is a must see.
For a contrast, see the 1993 remake done for television. It starred Bette Midler who was really good in the role, too. I also saw this on Broadway when Tyne Daly took on the role, so get a recording of that show if you can. She was really good in the role.
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