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Gypsy (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1 November 1962 (USA)
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Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.


Mervyn LeRoy


Arthur Laurents (based upon the stage play: book by), Gypsy Rose Lee (from the memoirs of) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Rose Hovick
Natalie Wood ... Louise Hovick
Karl Malden ... Herbie Sommers
Paul Wallace ... Tulsa
Betty Bruce 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 Diane Pace ... 'Baby' Louise
Faith Dane Faith Dane ... Mazeppa
Roxanne Arlen ... Electra
Jean Willes ... Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie ... George
Ben Lessy ... Mervyn Goldstone


Mama Rose lives to see her daughter June succeed on Broadway by way of vaudeville. When June marries and leaves, Rose turns her hope and attention to her elder, less obviously talented, daughter Louise. However, having her headlining as a stripper at Minsky's Burlesque is not what she initially has in mind. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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...The Girl Who Became The Greatest Show In Show Business See more »


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Did You Know?


The real Gypsy Rose Lee visited the set and gave Natalie Wood some tips on her stripping routines. See more »


Throughout the film Rose gets upset at, and will not tolerate "dirty talk". Yet in the song "Some People" she accuses people of sitting on their "butts". See more »


Baby June: Hello, everybody. My name is June. What's yours?
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Crazy Credits

During "Rose's Turn" at the end of the film, the musician's stands and lights switch back and forth depending on the shot. See more »

Alternate Versions

The song "Together, Wherever We Go", along with the second duet part of "You'll Never Get Away from Me" was cut after the film was first released and was, for the most part, forgotten (both songs feature Karl Malden). it was supposed that all prints of these songs had disinigrated (the video version even says that they are no longer available). Recently, a film collector was found who had an old print of Gypsy with these songs intact but in very poor condition. They are included on the dvd in the "bonus" section. See more »


References The Gold Diggers (1923) See more »


Everything's Coming Up Roses
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Lisa Kirk
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Roz Russell Fine
6 April 2011 | by williwawSee all my reviews

First of all let me join the throngs who feel Ethel Merman should have played Mama Rose to repeat Her legendary performance, and even the star of this movie Roz Russell was quoted as saying "Why couldn't they let Merman do it?" but after J L Warner decided Merman was not box office Roz Russell went after this part and was the first billed star. Roz got it because she could open the picture overseas as a worldwide Movie Star and because of her great success in WB's 'Auntie Mame', Warner Bros felt the magic would repeat. Just as Audrey Hepburn was unfairly maligned for doing 'My Fair Lady' instead of Julie Andrews, many critics went on a tear about Ms. Russell doing the film instead of evaluating the film on its merits. Roz Russell brings a leathery and determined force to Mama Rose and Roz knew and loved the camera and vice versa; Merman did not. Natalie Wood, the resident Queen of the Warner Bros lot, enchanting and beautiful is Gypsy Rose Lee. Ms. Wood was nothing like the real Gypsy but got the role anyway because of her stature at WB. Mervyn LeRoy who had decades of experience at Warners directs professionally. Karl Malden contributes a fine performance. The movie was filmed at Warner Bros studio in Burbank and for that I want to say while the sets look like a movie back lot-they were-it is one of the things I enjoyed of this movie. Both Ms. Russell and Ms. Wood would go on separately to a great starring decade in the 60's in other films. As did Mervyn Le Roy. A good film, not a great film, but a good film.

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Release Date:

1 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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