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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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

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

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Per the Rhino soundtrack information, Rosalind Russell herself sang in the eventually deleted "Together, Wherever We Go" number, not Lisa Kirk. See more »

Goofs

Rose and grandfather quarrel while he's lying on the couch, and he moves his legs off the couch and sits up. But in the next opposing shot they're back on it, and in the second opposing shot he moves them off again to stand up. See more »

Quotes

Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: I said, turn it off! Nobody laughs at me! Because I laugh first. At me! Me, from Seattle! Me, with no education. Me, with no talent, as you kept reminding me my whole life! Well, Mama look at me now. I'm a star! Look! Look how I live! Look at my friends! Look where I'm going! I'm not staying in burlesque! I'm moving, mabye up, maybe down! But wherever it is, I'm enjoying it. I'm having the time of my life! Because for the first time, it is my life! And I love it. I love every second of it! And ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are superimposed on a closed stage curtain, below which is an orchestra and conductor, performing the film's overture. The overture has been truncated from the stage version's original overture, but is otherwise quite faithful to it. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Perfect Strangers: Nightmare Vacation (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Included in the "Let Me Entertain You" and "Baby June and Her Newsboys" numbers
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Gypsy is tops
3 October 2000 | by randvenSee all my reviews

I never saw Gypsy on Broadway, but I thought the movie version was great! I feel Roz Russell was NOT miscast as Rose and she gave a very funny, convincing performance.

Natalie Wood was perfect in the role of Gypsy Rose Lee and who could have been sweeter in the role? Incidently, Natalie does her own singing in this movie and Roz Russell's voice is dubbed in parts.

By the way, Marnie Nixon dubbed Natalie's voice in West Side Story, but can you think of anyone else who could have played Maria with such breathtaking magic? There is a reason why film directors like Robert Wise cast someone like Natalie Wood in musicals. She may not be a "professional" dancer or singer, but she brings something else to the picture... a larger-than-life screen presence that makes the audience care about what happens to her. Many talented Broadway performers are passed up for this very reason. They just don't have that certain screen presence that is going to sell tickets. That's life!


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