Gypsy

Gypsy

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Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast: Mervyn LeRoy, Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden

     
 

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This Stephen Sondheim/Jules Styne/Arthur Laurents musical comedy Gypsy had been a Broadway smash with Ethel Merman in the lead. Based on the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, it centers on the antics of Mama Rose (here played by Rosalind Russell), the Stage Mother from Hell who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudevilleSee more details below

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Overview

This Stephen Sondheim/Jules Styne/Arthur Laurents musical comedy Gypsy had been a Broadway smash with Ethel Merman in the lead. Based on the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, it centers on the antics of Mama Rose (here played by Rosalind Russell), the Stage Mother from Hell who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudeville career. Rose pins most of her hopes for fame on older daughter June (billed as "Dainty June"), while little Louise reluctantly goes along for the ride. Karl Malden plays the girls' agent, who falls in love with Rose but is ultimately turned off by her ruthless ambition. When June escapes the act to get married, Rose puts the unwilling Louise in the star spot, but vaudeville is dying and soon the only booking they can get is in a cheap burlesque house. The strippers take Louise under their wing and advise her that "You've gotta have a gimmick" to survive on the bump-and-grind circuit. The nervous Louise rises to stardom as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, whose "gimmick" is to adopt a self-mocking attitude and to put on pseudo-sophisticated airs. Rose resents Gypsy's rise to the top, but a bravura eight-minute musical soliloquy reveals that Rose had forced her daughters on the stage because she wanted to live out her own dreams of stardom. Louise--aka Gypsy--is played by Diane Pace as a girl and by Natalie Wood as an adult; June (better known as June Havoc) is portrayal by Suzanne Cupito (later billed as Morgan Brittany) as a little girl and Ann Jillian as an adolescent. Most of the best songs, including "Let Me Entertain You," "Small World," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses," remain intact from the original Broadway production. Gypsy was remade for television in 1993, with Bette Midler as Rose.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The juicy theatrical history of Gypsy Rose Lee, America's founding strip tease artist, fuels Gypsy, one of the great movie musicals. Rosalind Russell plays her heart out as Rose, the pushy stage mom who just wanted to be a star herself. While originally played by Ethel Merman on Broadway, Russell makes the role her own and forces the story forward with her energy, as well as performing one the most memorable songs in the score, "Everything's Coming Up Roses." While an extraordinary dramatic actress, Natalie Wood doesn't exactly fit her part, yet she brings a deeper mystique to Louise. The mother/daughter relationship driving the story line has rarely been done better, thanks to Wood's thoughtful intensity and Russell's dominating charisma. Rather than playing a stripper as obviously bawdy, Wood's performance is understated and graceful as Louise rises in fame while vaudeville dies. The seedy underside of real burlesque houses is, of course, glossed over with cleanliness in this era of Hollywood musicals, making for some fun and fictional stripping numbers including "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and "Let Me Entertain You." The colorful costumes and sets are well-done, but Mervyn LeRoy's direction is static. He is just not very inventive in transferring the essentially stage-bound material to the big screen. Nevertheless, Gypsy is an entertaining musical drama about a fascinating show-business personality.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2010
UPC:
0883929142422
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:23:00
Sales rank:
4,873

Special Features

2 Outtake musical numbers: you'll never get away from me (duet version) and together wherever we go; Oscar-nominated cartoon the pied piper of guadalupe; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosalind Russell Rose Hovick
Natalie Wood Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick
Karl Malden Herbie Sommers
Paul Wallace Tulsa No. 2
Betty Bruce Tessie Tura
Ann Jillian "Dainty" June
Parley Baer Mr. Kringelein
Harvey Korman Phil
Harry Shannon Grandpa
Suzanne Cupito "Baby" June
Diane Pace "Baby" Louise
Faith Dane Mazeppa
Roxanne Arlen Electra
Jean Willes Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie George
Ben Lessy Mervyn Goldstone
Guy Raymond Patsy
Louis Quinn Cigar
Trudi Ames Hawaiian Girl
Renee Aubry Hollywood Blonde
Jack Benny Himself
William Fawcett Mr. Willis
Teri Hope Actor
Frances Karath Actor
Danny Lockin Yonkers
Bert Michaels Actor
James Millhollin Mr. Beckman
Jeff Parker Actor
Marni Nixon Loise Hovick

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director,Producer
Philip W. Anderson Editor
Gordon Bau Makeup
John Beckman Art Director
Bill Gaskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Hibbs Makeup
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
M.A. Merrick Sound/Sound Designer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Perkins Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Robbins Choreography
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Jule Styne Score Composer
Dolph Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Tucker Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gypsy
1. Overture and Credits [2:12]
2. Auditions For Uncle Jocko [1:16]
3. Let Me Entertain You [3:30]
4. Reunion In Buffaloland [4:17]
5. A Mother First [1:55]
6. Small World [3:16]
7. A Booking [3:44]
8. Some People [4:07]
9. Some Unknown Standup Comic [1:08]
10. Baby June and Her Newsboys [3:46]
11. Louie's Birthday [4:38]
12. Kringelein's Visit [2:23]
13. Mr Goldstone I Love You [2:53]
14. Little Lamb [2:18]
15. Harsh Words [2:24]
16. You'll Never Get Away From Me [2:14]
17. Dainty June and Her Farmboys [6:56]
18. Grantziger's Offer [3:19]
19. The Way It Is [2:09]
20. If Mama Was Married [2:49]
21. Shared Secrets [2:59]
22. All I Need is the Girl [:21]
23. Leaving Time [5:04]
24. One of the Boys [2:44]
25. Our New Star [4:44]
26. Everything's Coming Up Roses [2:13]
27. Madam Rose's Toreadorables [3:21]
28. Not My Sister [3:40]
29. Real Live Theater [2:05]
30. Ladies Present [6:12]
31. Ain't a Bad Name [2:53]
32. You Gotta Have a Gimmick [3:21]
33. Wedding Plans [5:59]
34. Star Spot [2:45]
35. Herbie's Breaking Point [4:28]
36. Small World Reprise [2:42]
37. "Mama I'm Pretty" [1:48]
38. Let Me Entertain You [1:12]
39. Multitheater Montage [2:38]
40. "I am Gypsy Rose Lee" [4:18]
41. "I Thought You Did It For Me" [5:15]
42. Rose's Turn [2:43]
43. Like Mother, Like Daughter [5:29]

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