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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 »

Goofs

At the beginning there is a stage curtain painted to show the elephant Jumbo. It portrays him as an African Elephant with large ears. The real elephant in the film was an Asian elephant with smaller ears. See more »

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Referenced in My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Girl Blue
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Doris Day
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Doris Day is deceived in the romance department once again!
23 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The usual circus fun: a determinedly old-fashioned big-top opus with animals, parades, high-wire attractions, songs by Rodgers & Hart. Doris Day manages a struggling traveling circus in the early 1900s, while pop Jimmy Durante gambles away their earnings and show-performer Martha Raye halfheartedly attempts to get Durante down the aisle. Ever-earnest Stephen Boyd shows up in need of a job, and quickly gets Day's heart racing, before it's revealed he's the son of their chief rival--and what he's really after is star-attraction Jumbo the Elephant! Good-looking hokum, if your tastes run to squeaky-clean backlot romps. Too bad the scenarists skimp on any colorful glimpses of the eccentric carny lifestyle (what drives these people so hard anyway?). In the 1960s, Doris Day mainly concentrated on her series of popular bedroom comedies; this effort (her last musical) broke up her routine and she's delightful as always. The piqued direction is by Charles Walters, who has his work bolstered a bit by Busby Berkeley, overseeing the circus sequences. **1/2 from ****


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