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Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

A debt-ridden circus is saved by a well-meaning but inept publicity man.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Ben Hecht (book), Charles MacArthur (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Kitty Wonder
Stephen Boyd ... Sam Rawlins
Jimmy Durante ... Anthony 'Pop' Wonder
Martha Raye ... Lulu
Dean Jagger ... John Noble
Joseph Waring Joseph Waring ... Harry
Lynn Wood ... Tina
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Ellis
James Chandler James Chandler ... Parsons
Robert Burton ... Madison
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Hank
Norman Leavitt ... Eddie
Grady Sutton ... Driver
Ron Henon Ron Henon ... Circus Performer
The Carlisles The Carlisles ... Circus Performers
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Storyline

It's the early 1900's. The Wonder Circus is a traveling circus owned and operated by Anthony Wonder - who performs as a clown - and his daughter Kitty Wonder - who performs as an aerialist and trick rider. Although Kitty loves her Pop as she and all the other circus performers call her father, she hates his gambling addiction which is placing the circus deep in debt. They and their employees treat the circus like one big family, especially Lulu the fortune teller who wants to be Mrs. Wonder, but the employees may only be so loyal if they aren't getting paid. As such, many of the performers leave or threaten to leave to join the Wonder Circus' main competitor, the Noble Circus owned by the power and money hungry John Noble. Although Pop and Kitty don't want anyone to leave their employ, the only act that they will never let go is Jumbo, their trained elephant, who Noble had tried to buy in the past. As many performers leave, into their midst comes circus Jack-of-all-trades Sam Rawlins.... Written by Huggo

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The Wonderful Songs of Rodgers and Hart See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Rose's Jumbo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,256,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1963
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The 1935 musical play of Billy Rose's "Jumbo", on which this film was based, was the final stage presentation at New York City's venerable Hippodrome Theatre, which was torn down to make room for a parking lot. The show opened on November 16, 1935 and ran for 233 performances. See more »

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Lulu somehow manages to come out of the cannon backwards - the opposite way to how she entered. See more »

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Soundtracks

Sawdust And Spangles And Dreams
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Roger Edens
Performed by Stephen Boyd, Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye
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Forgettable and Cute Musical
1 June 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the traveling The Wonder Circus has the greatest attraction the elephant Jumbo and is full of debts. The owner, Anthony 'Pop' Wonder (Jimmy Durante), works as a clown but is a gambler addicted in dice games and usually loses the box office gambling. He has been deceiving the clairvoyant Lulu (Martha Raye) for many years promising to marry her. His daughter, Kitty Wonder (Doris Day), is the trick rider and tries to negotiate with creditors and the circus performers to keep the business going on. John Noble (Dean Jagger), who owns a famous Noble Circus, wants to buy Jumbo and The Wonder Circus, but Pop refuses his offers.

When the mysterious Sam Rawlins (Stephen Boyd) asks for a job in the Wonder Circus, Kitty refuses and tells that they do not want adventurer working in their circus. But he proves to be an excellent aerialist and handy man and Pop hires him since they lost many performers due to the lack of payment. Soon Kitty falls in love with Sam, but he has a secret agenda and she does not know.

"Billy Rose's Jumbo" is a forgettable and cute musical based on a 1935 Broadway show. The silly plot is a predictable romance entwined with many songs and performances by circus performers and entertains. The work of the stunts and the edition is wonderful. Unfortunately the songs in the DVD released by Warner in Brazil do not have subtitles in a absolute lack of respect from Warner to the Brazilian costumers. Shame on you Warner! My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Mais Querida do Mundo" ("The Dearest in the World")


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