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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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Although Rosalind Russell's character is always referred to as "Mama Rose" in reviews and discussions of this film, the character is never addressed that way by anyone in the movie; the closest anyone comes is "Madame Rose". See more »
During Mama Rose's last musical number, she rips her dress on one side to expose her leg. But by the end of the number, the rip is no longer showing. See more »
Remember - you're a lady. You make them beg for more... and then don't give it to them!
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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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