Gypsy (1962)

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Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.


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  • "Gypsy" Rosalin Russell 1962 Warner Bros.
  • "Gypsy" Karl Malden, Natalie Wood 1962/Warner Bros.
  • "Gypsy" Natalie Wood, Warner Bros. 1962.
  • Harry Stradling Sr. and Rosalind Russell in Gypsy (1962)
  • "Gypsy," Gypsy Rose Lee visits with Natalie Wood on the set, 1962.
  • "Gypsy" Karl Malden, Natalie Wood relaxing on set, 1962.

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11 December 2003 | didi-5
Rose! Rose!
This enjoyable class act has Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee and Rosalind Russell as her overbearing mother Rose. And they are both terrific. Ok, so Russell isn't Ethel Merman and the OBC has that bit of an edge where the songs are concerned, but as an actress she is great in this role, especially in the scenes where June and Louise (Gypsy-to-be) are auditioning and she constantly interrupts; and in the Mr Goldstone number.

Natalie Wood looks the part and gives Louise a sympathetic edge, particularly in 'Little Lamb'. The best musical numbers of the lot though are Tulsa's song and dance number rehearsing his imaginary double act, and the truly brilliant 'You Gotta Have a Gimmick'. It is also a joy to see Karl Malden in a nice supporting role as Rose's long suffering beau Herbie.

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Trivia

Per the Rhino soundtrack information, Rosalind Russell herself sang in the eventually deleted "Together, Wherever We Go" number, not Lisa Kirk.


Quotes

Rose Hovick: You need something to remind you your goal was to be a great actress. Not a cheap stripper.
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: My sister's the actress, mother. And I'm *not* a cheap stripper. I'm the highest-paid in the business.
Rose Hovick: You won't be ready for vaudeville when it comes back.
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: No,...


Goofs

When Rose starts to sing 'Some People', her red bracelet is up towards her right elbow. In the verse, "when I got all the sights to see yet, all the places I gotta play..." she puts her right hand up, the bracelet is back down at her wrist, although we don't see it slide down again in between the shots.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits are superimposed on a closed stage curtain, below which is an orchestra and conductor, performing the film's overture. The overture has been truncated from the stage version's original overture, but is otherwise quite faithful to it.


Alternate Versions

The song "Together, Wherever We Go", along with the second duet part of "You'll Never Get Away from Me" was cut after the film was first released and was, for the most part, forgotten (both songs feature Karl Malden). it was supposed that all prints of these songs had disinigrated (the video version even says that they are no longer available). Recently, a film collector was found who had an old print of Gypsy with these songs intact but in very poor condition. They are included on the dvd in the "bonus" section.


Soundtracks

Little Lamb
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by
Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Natalie Wood

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Biography | Comedy | Drama | Musical

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