6.3/10
1,182
46 user 21 critic

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 »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

American couple Janet and Mike move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she herself has been unfaithful.

Director: Ralph Levy
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Hermione Baddeley
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell
Caprice (1967)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An industrial designer causes chaos when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After five years lost at sea, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband remarries.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day
Midnight Lace (1960)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In London, a recently wed American woman's sanity comes into question when she claims to be the victim of a threatening stalker.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin
Tea for Two (1950)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A socialite with aspirations of a career in show business bets her wealthy uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for two days straight, hoping winning will help her fulfill her dreams.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson
Lucky Me (1954)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Three struggling theatrical performers meet a famous songwriter who is trying to convince a wealthy oilman to finance a musical he is scripting, promising them stardom if it comes to fruition.

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Doris Day, Robert Cummings, Phil Silvers
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hypochondriac believes he is dying and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Jump for joy it's jumbo! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Rose's Jumbo See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,256,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1963
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Nominated for an Oscar for scoring of music-adaptation or treatment. See more »

Goofs

Jumbo is alternately using his front feet/back feet between shots when he is dancing on the circus pedestal. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Tesla Recoil (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

My Romance
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Doris Day
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Doris and Martha's Big Moment
6 May 2004 | by gregorybnycSee all my reviews

I saw this as a teenager, and fell in love. Doris Day was one of the most popular and yet one of the most underrated movie stars of her generation. Her reputation hasn't survived into our modern era as other film icons of the time, including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine and Elizabeth Taylor.

She was an excellent singer, actress, film personality, and she shines in this less-than-perfect screen adaptation of Billy Rose's Broadway extravaganza. Doris was 38 when she made this film, and she looks a tad too old. But she had one of Hollywood's greatest bodies and looks sensational in the many period costumes. She sings this glorious Rodgers and Hart score magnificently, particularly "My Romance," and "Little Girl Blue." The highlight in the movie is the "Why Can't I" duet between Doris and Martha Raye. Raye, a wonderful singer in her own right, and Doris simply shine in this small scene, harmonizing beautifully.

Jimmy Durante is also superb as her charming scamp of a father and head of the family circus. His asides to Jumbo, the elephant are wonderfully comic. Stephen Boyd has been criticized, but I think he's the classic leading man here and doesn't spoil any scene he's in.

This JUMBO was the end of the classic movie musical era, and you can hear it wheezing a bit. But anachronistic as it is, you have Busby Berkeley overseeing the musical numbers, and you would be hard-pressed to find two hours as heart-warmingly delightful as this movie is. Brava to Doris Day--long may she be remembered for the class act she was.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 46 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed