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Gypsy -- One of most famous stage mothers of all time Rose Lee bursts on to the screen in this award-winning adaptation of the famous musical.
Gypsy -- Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.
Gypsy -- The life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee tells the bittersweet story about an aggressive stage mother as she vows to make her daughters into the star that she never was.


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Arthur Laurents (based upon the stage play: book by)
Gypsy Rose Lee (from the memoirs of)
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Release Date:
1 November 1962 (USA) See more »
Let this tuneful Broadway classic entertain you. See more »
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 »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Terrific Film Musical See more (70 total) »


  (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 (based upon the stage play: 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
Gene Hibbs .... makeup artist: Miss Russell
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
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: alto sax (uncredited)
Frank Capp .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Lisa Kirk .... singing voice: Rosalind Russell (uncredited)
Cubby O'Brien .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Other crew
Leland Hayward .... based upon the stage play produced by
David Merrick .... based upon the stage play produced by
Jerome Robbins .... based upon the stage play choreographed by
Jerome Robbins .... based upon the stage play directed by
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)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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143 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
6-Track Stereo (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #20206) | West Germany:18 (nf) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Most of Rosalind Russell's songs were dubbed by Lisa Kirk. However, Russell's voice can be heard in "Mr. Goldstone", the reprise of "Small World", and parts of "Rose's Turn" and the cut "Together Wherever We Go".See more »
Boom mic visible: During the birthday party scene, when the landlord comes in the shadow of a boom mike is visible on the wall.See more »
Rose Hovick:[singing] You'll be swell, you'll be great. Gonna have the whole world on a plate! Starting here, starting now. Honey, everything's coming up roses.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) (V)See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Terrific Film Musical, 19 February 2001
Author: laffinsal from California

This is a terrific filmization of the 1959 Broadway show which starred Ethel Merman. Although some may argue that Rosalind Russell is not effective in the role of Mama Rose, I can't see how anyone could complain. Russell is excellent in the role, she's funny, entertaining, and sincere. Although I understand her singing voice was dubbed, it still sounds more pleasant to me then the loud, brash singing of Merman that I heard from the Broadway soundtrack album.

As for the others, Karl Malden is great in his role, as is Ann Jillian as June. The real star here, to me, is Natalie Wood who is both believable in her role as the neglected Louise, and stunning in her transformation to Gypsy Rose Lee. The moment where she looks in the mirror prior to her first solo performance ("I'm pretty!"), is one of the best screen moments ever.

The songs and musical scenes here are all wonderful too, "If Mama Was Married" is a great duet between June and Louise, "Everything's Coming Up Roses" is terrific too, as is "Rose's Turn" and most of the others. If there is one complaint to be made about this film, it's that the wonderful "Together, Wherever We Go" number was cut out. Worse then that, no prints with that number intact seem to exist on 35mm. Other then that, though, it is a great film with excellent Technicolor photography and excellent music. If you love musicals, see it, and be sure to see it in the wide screen version.

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