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Gypsy (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1 November 1962 (USA)
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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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The Magnificent Musical Where "Everything's Coming Up Roses." See more »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints)| (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, before the men enter Gypsy's dressing room, she is standing in front of a mirror. When she greets the men, there is suddenly a red ribbon around her hair. See more »

Quotes

Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: [singing] Little cat, little cat, why do you look so blue? Did somebody paint you to look like that, or is it your birthday, too? Little lamb, little lamb, I wonder how old I am.
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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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References Open Your Eyes (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

You Gotta Have a Gimmick
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Roxanne Arlen, Betty Bruce and Faith Dane
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A wonderful film.
10 November 2001 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. It is not an exact duplicate of the stage show, but what movie musical is? Funny Girl on film is not the same as Funny Girl on stage, but both are very entertaining. The same is true here.

Rosilind Russell shows us the shades of a character that is very complex. She didn't do her own singing, but, so what? She did a great job of performing during the songs, and her overall performance throughout the movie is wonderful. She is not Bette Midler, but who is? For that matter, if you listen to the multiple versions of the cast albums and soundtracks, I am not sure you wouldn't find Angela Lansbury's performance the best one out there.

The rest of the cast is also wonderful to watch. To this day, I cannot watch Natalie Wood in the "Little Lamb" number without tears coming to my eyes. Her interpretation of a lost little girl who always plays second fiddle and doesn't even know how old she is always gets to me. And the duet "If Momma Was Married", with Ann Jillian, is a memorable number. For those who didn't know Ann Jillian could sing, she has played on Broadway for years, most notably in "Sugar Babies".

I think we all can appreciate the fact that this is a version which can be loved on its own, while still having a similar degree of affection for the 1993 version.


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