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Gypsy (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1 November 1962 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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$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

Before the decision was made to dub most of her vocals, Rosalind Russell attempted to do her own singing. The highly unsatisfactory results can be heard as an extra feature on the soundtrack CD. After Ethel Merman's death, a tape of the Russell recordings was found in a box in Merman's closet. Merman, who was infuriated that she had not been cast in the film, evidently had retained this copy of the Russell vocals as a strange and somewhat vengeful consolation prize. See more »

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Quotes

Rose Hovick: Nothing is better than vaudeville!
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

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Soundtracks

Mr. Goldstone, I Love You
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Rosalind Russell
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Rose! Rose!
11 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This enjoyable class act has Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee and Rosalind Russell as her overbearing mother Rose. And they are both terrific. Ok, so Russell isn't Ethel Merman and the OBC has that bit of an edge where the songs are concerned, but as an actress she is great in this role, especially in the scenes where June and Louise (Gypsy-to-be) are auditioning and she constantly interrupts; and in the Mr Goldstone number.

Natalie Wood looks the part and gives Louise a sympathetic edge, particularly in 'Little Lamb'. The best musical numbers of the lot though are Tulsa's song and dance number rehearsing his imaginary double act, and the truly brilliant 'You Gotta Have a Gimmick'. It is also a joy to see Karl Malden in a nice supporting role as Rose's long suffering beau Herbie.


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