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Gypsy -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Laurents (book)
Gypsy Rose Lee (from the memoirs by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Let this tuneful Broadway classic entertain you. See more »
Plot:
Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting, Lively Fictionalized Biography; Fascinating... See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rosalind Russell ... Rose Hovick

Natalie Wood ... Louise Hovick

Karl Malden ... Herbie Sommers

Paul Wallace ... Tulsa
Betty Bruce ... Tessie Tura

Parley Baer ... Mr. Kringelein
Harry Shannon ... Grandpa

Morgan Brittany ... 'Baby' June (as Suzanne Cupito)

Ann Jillian ... 'Dainty' June (as Ann Jilliann)
Diane Pace ... 'Baby' Louise
Faith Dane ... Mazeppa
Roxanne Arlen ... Electra
Jean Willes ... Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie ... George
Ben Lessy ... Mervyn Goldstone
Guy Raymond ... Pastey
Louis Quinn ... Cigar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trudi Ames ... Scottish Girl in Uncle Jocko Scene (uncredited)
Renee Aubry ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Josette Banzet ... Renee (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Bella Bruck ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Shirley Chandler ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Dina Claire ... Dolores (uncredited)
Mike Cody ... Farmboy (uncredited)
Fred Curt ... Specialty Dancer - The Cow (uncredited)
Jules Davis ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Monsieur Bourgeron Couchon (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Mr. Willis (uncredited)
Dick Foster ... Farmboy (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Wichita Burlesque Audience Member (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Wichita Audience Member (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Hart ... Farmboy (uncredited)
Teri Hope ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Jim Hubbard ... Farmboy (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Station Master (uncredited)
Dee Ann Johnston ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Frances Karath ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Lisa Kirk ... Rose Hovick (singing voice) (uncredited)

Harvey Korman ... Phil (uncredited)
Dawn Little Sky ... Indian Mother (uncredited)
Danny Lockin ... Yonkers Farm Boy (uncredited)
Robert Lyons ... Clarence the Clarinetist (uncredited)
Jeff Malloy ... Farmboy (uncredited)
Paula Martin ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Bert Michaels ... Yonkers (uncredited)
James Millhollin ... Mr. Beckman (uncredited)
John Moloney ... Comic (uncredited)
Cubby O'Brien ... Boy Juggler (uncredited)
Renee Paul ... Dancer (uncredited)
Adelina Pedroza ... Mexican Girl (uncredited)
Jeff Pevney ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Robert Piper ... Specialty Dancer - The Cow (uncredited)
Beulah Quo ... Waitress (uncredited)
Robert Richards ... Ventrioloquist (uncredited)
Lois Roberts ... Agnes (uncredited)
Cleo Ronson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pearl Shear ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Hazel Shermet ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Jule Styne ... Conductor (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Wichita Burlesque Audience Member (uncredited)
Julie Thompson ... Hawaiian Girl (uncredited)
Ian Tucker ... Angie (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Announcer at Minsky's (voice) (uncredited)
Bo Wagner ... Farm Boy (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Burlesque House Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Clint Young ... Western Union Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Laurents (book by)

Gypsy Rose Lee (from the memoirs by)

Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer (as A Mervyn LeRoy Production)
 
Original Music by
Jule Styne 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Philip W. Anderson 
 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes designed by)
Howard Shoup (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss Wood's
Gene Hibbs .... makeup: Miss Russell's
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Production Management
Floyd Joyer .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Kissel .... assistant director
Mecca Graham .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gregg Peters .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pat Patterson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
Dolph Thomas .... sound
William Thompson .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
J.B. Allen .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
George Gall .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... chief grip (uncredited)
William Perillard .... best boy (uncredited)
Harry Stradling Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Gaskin .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John F. Burnett .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carl Brandt .... orchestrator
Frank Perkins .... conductor
Frank Perkins .... music supervisor
Frank Perkins .... orchestrator
Stephen Sondheim .... lyrics by
Cubby O'Brien .... musician: drums (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leland Hayward .... producer: stage play
David Merrick .... producer: stage play
Jerome Robbins .... choreographer: stage play
Jerome Robbins .... director: stage play
Robert Tucker .... choreographer
Robert E. Blair .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Ruth Bridges .... secretary: Mr. LeRoy (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (as A Warner Bros. First National Picture also)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
143 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
6-Track Stereo (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Sweden:11 | UK:A | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video) (1998) (2012) | USA:Approved | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: When Rose starts to sing 'Some People', her red bracelet is up towards her right elbow. In the verse, "when I got all the sights to see yet, all the places I gotta play..." she puts her right hand up, the bracelet is back down at her wrist, although we don't see it slide down again in between the shots.See more »
Quotes:
Rose Hovick:Nothing is better than vaudeville!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
BroadwaySee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, Lively Fictionalized Biography; Fascinating..., 15 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"Gypsy" is a very difficult movie to have achieved from a writer's standpoint. As is true of "Dr. Zhivago" and "The Searchers", much of the film is told from the point of view of a younger person, who serves as the viewer's alter ego within scenes while the central character does little. This book, play and film was the result of Rose Louise Hovick's biography of herself and her mother before and at the beginning of her celebrity as "Gypsy Rose Lee", burlesque icon. The film is filled with famous songs and comedy scenes, alternating with moving confrontations that for once gain by having been real ones. Among the songs are "Some People", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "All I Need is the Girl" and "You Gotta Have a Gimmick", "Small World" and more. The memorable comedic scenes involve the repetition of Dainty June and her boys coming onstage in various guises, with a two-person cow dancing behind her; the three strippers who try to teach Louise how to succeed; the children singing, "Momma Get Married"; and "Please Mr. Goldstone" in gratitude to the producer who inexplicably likes their corny act. The moving scenes are Herbie, Mama's boyfriend, trying to convince her to give up her hard-minded pursuit of show business fame, Louise realizing the girl a young boy dancer says he needs is not she; her realization just before she goes onstage at a burlesque theater at her mother's insistence that she has one talent--she is a pretty girl, etc. the songs by Jule Styne all work, but only some are classics. the direction of the film by Mervyn LeRoy is very good, economical, and only occasionally look staged the device of theatrically closing out a scene by artificially dimming the lights for me works in this fictionalized biography; we get as viewers the feeling we are seeing glimpses of an interesting life, partly because of this device. Costumes by Orry-Kelly, Howard Shoup and others, the cinematography of Harry Stradling, Sr., excellent period sets, art direction and more are major assets to this colorful but never-splashy musical success. not the last of director LeRoy's here is that we see theatrical scenes and scenes in a theater as well or better handled than in any other film I know. The actors including the three strippers, Faith Dane, Betty Bruce and Roxanne Arlen are wonderfully funny; Benny Lessy as Mr. Goldstone, Louis Quinn, Guy Raymond and Harry Shannon get all they can out of their small parts. the children who play Rose's girls are all good, particularly Ann Jillian as June. As Herbie, Karl Malden is energetic and first-rate at conveying his love and his desire for a normal life, for the children and himself. Natalie Wood is too thin-voiced to be great but she is a seasoned performer and underplays Louise intelligently. As Rose, Rosalind Russell occupies the active center of almost every scene. There is another way to play Rose other than as someone coldly obsessed with fame; I saw Giselle Mackenzie do the role onstage as a caring obsessive, one who would not be denied justice for her children as she was for herself. But Rosalind Russell is alternately brassy and wheedling, working everyone for exactly what she needs while pretending to be pushing for the sake of her daughters. She is intelligent, always interesting and frequently epic in her hunger for what has eluded her in her own performing career. And in "Rose's Turn" we see that her extraordinary charisma and courage were indeed something special. This is a show business biography of unusual believability and intelligence for all its laughter. And a memorable musical biography that works differently on film, but does work very effectively.

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