Gypsy

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Overview

Gypsy was among the last of Hollywood's successful musical extravaganzas. Released in 1962, it overcame the miscasting of Rosalind Russell in a part that rightfully belonged to Ethel Merman, a couple of cuts in its score, and a somewhat staid directorial approach, plus a clunky 140-minute running time, to become a success. Shot in Technirama, it was also a true widescreen film, and impossible to show properly on a small screen. It dies an absolute death when shown on a television screen, even letterboxed -- there...
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Overview

Gypsy was among the last of Hollywood's successful musical extravaganzas. Released in 1962, it overcame the miscasting of Rosalind Russell in a part that rightfully belonged to Ethel Merman, a couple of cuts in its score, and a somewhat staid directorial approach, plus a clunky 140-minute running time, to become a success. Shot in Technirama, it was also a true widescreen film, and impossible to show properly on a small screen. It dies an absolute death when shown on a television screen, even letterboxed -- there are so many master shots and so few close-ups in the film that one needs a big-screen monitor to appreciate much of the movie. The letterboxed laserdisc edition looked good as far as it went, but the DVD goes several steps further -- brighter, cleaner, and sharper, giving Harry Stradling Sr.'s marvelous cinematography the treatment it deserves. The remastering of the soundtrack also helps, making the audio as expansive as the image. It doesn't help the film itself, which drags a bit, but the movie has at least been treated as well as possible. The supplementary section includes two lost songs, one key number -- (&"Together Wherever We Go") -- that was dropped, and an alternate take of "You'll Never Get Away From Me." The menu is very simply structured and easy to manipulate, and the movie has been generously divided into 43 chapters that break it down well both dramatically and musically.
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Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Two outtake musical numbers: "You'll Never Get Away From Me" [Duet Version] and "Together Wherever We Go"; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Fran├žais
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • UPC: 085391675525
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,002

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
Frances Karath
Danny Lockin Yonkers
Bert Michaels
James Millhollin Mr. Beckman
Marni Nixon Loise Hovick
Jeff Parker
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

Side #1--
0. Scene Selections
1. Overture and Credits [2:14]
3. Let Me Entertain You [3:30]
2. Auditions for Uncle Jocko [1:16]
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. Louise's Birthday [4:38]
12. Kringelein's Visit [2:23]
13. Mr. Goldstone, I Love You [2:54]
14. Little Lamb [2:20]
15. Harsh Words [2:22]
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 [2:50]
21. Shared Secrets [2:59]
22. All I Need Is the Girl [5:25]
23. Leaving Time [2:44]
24. One of the Boys [4:44]
25. Our New Star [2:13]
26. Everything's Coming up Roses [:09]
27. Madam Rose's Toreadorables [3:12]
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. The 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 Enterain You [1:11]
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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Menu

Side #1--
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      Outtakes
         "You'll Never Get Away From Me"
         "Together Wherever We Go"
      Awards
      Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Fran├žais
         Off
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth another look

    Though often maligned, this is a movie with taste and style, and very faithful to the stage version. Only &amp amp quot Together&amp amp quot is missing from the score, and Lisa Kirk does a near expert job of dubbing Roz Russell's vocals. Natalie Wood is gorgeous in this, and if you are a fan of hers you must not miss it. Ethel Merman wowed them in the theater, but...and many people hate admitting it...I find the movie substitutes to be easier on the ears than The Merm.

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