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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 of)
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Contact:
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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:
Everythings Comin' Up Rose for Those Who See Gypsy See more (70 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)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Laurents (book by)

Gypsy Rose Lee (from the memoirs of)

Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer
 
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
Country:
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:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #20206)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Rose Marie was considered for the singing voice doubles for Rose.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rose gets mad about Grandzigar's offer, and she says, "My sense of motherhood comes first", she makes a fist and puts it on her hip. However, when Herbie says, "Then you gotta see this is right," Rose's hand is back down, and on the contract.See more »
Quotes:
Rose Hovick:Remember - you're a lady. You make them beg for more... and then don't give it to them!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Little LambSee more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Everythings Comin' Up Rose for Those Who See Gypsy, 28 November 2005
Author: joseph952001 from United States

Let's start out with this: Just because an actress or actor was a hit in a Broadway Show doesn't mean that they are perfect for the movie version. Ethel Merman was great as Madam Rose on Broadway, but she's never been a crowd pleaser in the movies. It's true that she did the movie version of her Broadway hit "Call Me Madam" but it was not her name that brought the people to the movie theaters; it was Donald O'Connor, Vera Ellen, George Saunders and Billy De Wolfe. Even in "There's No Business Like Show Business" the cast of Dan Daily, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnny Ray were the ones who brought the paying movie public to the theaters. It's true that at one time 20th Century Fox was going to film "Gypsy" with Ethel Merman and Mitzi Gaynor playing Gypsy Rose Lee, but that didn't pan out, so Warners bought the rights and Rosalind Russells husband made a deal that would give Rosalind Russell the right to make the movie.

So, what about Rosalind Russell singing her songs: In Rosalind Russells autobiography she states, "No matter what anyone says, that's Roz up there singing the songs". Well, that's not exactly true and one of the proofs is that on the soundtrack album they don't give Russell the credit for singing her songs. Actually most of the singing was done by her, but when it came to "Everythings Coming Up Rose" she just couldn't hit the ball into the outer-field, so Warners paid Lisa Kirk a hefty sum for dubbing that song for Russell. Now, whether Natalie Wood could or could not sing is not a problem. After all, neither could Gypsy Rose Lee, but Woods numbers at the end of the film as the stripper are excellent, and she favored Gypsy Rose Lee more than Mitzy Gaynor would have.

So, why doesn't a lot of people like this movie version of Gypsy? Well, to thoroughly enjoy it, stop comparing Russell with Merman. That's a beginning. Merman could not bring the people into the movie theaters, maybe so on Broadway, but there is not enough Broadway fans out there to pay for the cost of the movie, but there were with Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Carl Malden. The next thing: You have to see this movie in a movie theater where you can experience the sweeping Technirama Wide Screen process with Stereophonic Sound. Seeing this movie on T.V. doesn't get it although if you can get a Letter-Box Version of it with a very big T.V. screen, it can be quite enjoyable, but the movie theater is the best place!

As far as other versions of Gypsy are concerned: Bette Midler was awful in the role of Madam Rose. They should have lowered her singing into a lower key. She just sounded like she was straining to get to her top notes that you wondered if she was going to make it, and even though Midler said she was born to play Madam Rose; "Oh no she wasn't!" Bad version. Didn't have the slick quality of the movie. I saw Mitzi Green do it on the stage, and even though she was no Ethel Merman, she did a great job in the road company. Joann Whorley of Laugh in Fame played Madam Rose at Dayton, Ohio's "Kenley Theater" and she quite frankly rocked the joint. She was loud, brassy and wonderful, but if anyone is Ethel Mermans successor, it's Tyne Daly who played Rose at Lincoln Center and won a Tony, and the critics said that "Merman would be proud!" So, even though I'm not really a fan of Rosalind Russell, if you erase Merman from your mind, this is a wonderful, rousing, screen adaptation of "Gypsy" and it shouldn't be missed!

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