Billy Rose's Jumbo

  • U
  • Charles Walters (1962)
  • US
  • 122 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This wonderfully warm-hearted MGM musical about circus rivalries is based on showman Billy Rose's Broadway extravaganza that actually featured an elephant on stage. Star Doris Day is, sadly, too old and wise to play the ingénue here, but she delivers the lovely Rodgers and Hart songs superbly, especially the sublime My Romance. Unlikely co-star Stephen Boyd, still hot from Ben-Hur, also acquits himself surprisingly well, but then he does get to sing a lilting The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. However, the real joys are veterans Martha Raye and Jimmy Durante, whose "What elephant?" line from this movie has rightly become classic: watch to find out why.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy, featuring songs written by Rodgers and Hart, starring Doris Day, Stephen Boyd and Jimmy Durante. Kitty Wonder and her gambler father struggle to save their small family circus from a ruthless rival.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kitty Wonder
Doris Day
Sam Rawlins
Stephen Boyd
Pop Wonder
Jimmy Durante
Lulu
Martha Raye
John Noble
Dean Jagger
Harry
Joseph Waring
Tina
Lynn Wood
Ellis
Charles Watts
Parsons
James Chandler
Madison
Robert Burton

Crew

Director
Charles Walters

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Available on DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Music

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