Billy Rose's Jumbo

Billy Rose's Jumbo

Charles Walters (1962)

122min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

The daughter of a circus owner is determined to save the struggling show from a hostile takeover. However, she fails to realise the man she has turned to for help is in fact her fiercest rival's son, who has infiltrated her organisation on purpose to seduce her in a bid to undermine the business. Musical, starring Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd, Dean Jagger and Joseph Waring.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Charles Walters
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Available on: Available on DVD

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