Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

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A debt-ridden circus is saved by a well-meaning but inept publicity man.


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  • Doris Day and Jimmy Durante in Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  • Doris Day in Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  • Jimmy Durante in Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  • Doris Day and Olan Soule in Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  • Doris Day and Stephen Boyd in Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  • Doris Day and Martha Raye in Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

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23 October 2005 | moonspinner55
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| Doris Day is deceived in the romance department once again!
The usual circus fun: a determinedly old-fashioned big-top opus with animals, parades, high-wire attractions, songs by Rodgers & Hart. Doris Day manages a struggling traveling circus in the early 1900s, while pop Jimmy Durante gambles away their earnings and show-performer Martha Raye halfheartedly attempts to get Durante down the aisle. Ever-earnest Stephen Boyd shows up in need of a job, and quickly gets Day's heart racing, before it's revealed he's the son of their chief rival--and what he's really after is star-attraction Jumbo the Elephant! Good-looking hokum, if your tastes run to squeaky-clean backlot romps. Too bad the scenarists skimp on any colorful glimpses of the eccentric carny lifestyle (what drives these people so hard anyway?). In the 1960s, Doris Day mainly concentrated on her series of popular bedroom comedies; this effort (her last musical) broke up her routine and she's delightful as always. The piqued direction is by Charles Walters, who has his work bolstered a bit by Busby Berkeley, overseeing the circus sequences. **1/2 from ****

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