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BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO

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Jumbo is a mighty talented elephant. It's also the ideal word to describe this big-time, big-top extravaganza bursting with laughter and love, sang and dance, circus stunts and star power. Radiant Doris Day sings beloved Rodgers and Hart tunes and does her own horseback riding tricks in a razzle-dazzle musical based on Billy Rose's stage spectacular and featuring circus sequences directed by Busby Berkeley. The story revolves around a circus owner (Jimmy Durante, star of the 1935 Broadway original) with only two real attractions: his daughter (Day) and popular pachyderm Jumbo. Three-ring pandemonium breaks out when a handsome rival (Stephen Boyd) infiltrates the circus, and father, daughter and Dad's wise-cracking fiancé (Martha Raye) are suddenly at risk of losing the greatest show on earth!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day and Stephen Boyd bring up the big top. Feb. 24 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my VHS video must-keeps. The old show biz rule is "Never work with children or animals". Well Doris Day has done both and very well. She is also good with leading men. This time its Irish-born Stephen Boyd. The story is set at a traveling circus. The only gimmick that really keeps the circus afloat is the old big elephant, Jumbo. Doris Day makes sure everything is on schedule and is good spirit to the workers. She also has to keep her father, Pop Wonder (Jimmy Durante), in line too, who likes to sneak out early in the morning and find a good gambling game in town. Some businessmen come by and are mighty upset with her about not being paid yet up front for hay and lumber. Doris settles them by telling them they will be sold out and they will be paid in full tonight. It worked so far. They hope they can get a sold-out audience tonight. Some luck comes there way and for Doris Day in the way of Stephen Boyd. Martha Raye plays "Lulu". Children will like this film too. Stephen Boyd sings(?) beautifully, "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The circus never looked so beautiful. Dec 21 2001
Format:VHS Tape
For all its merits, "Jumbo" was not a perfect entity- it was released upon the twilight of film musicals; by the 60's, only adaptations of Broadway shows ("West Side Story," "The Sound Of Music," etc.) were being done. As a result not a lot of folks saw or cared about this one when it opened, but it is one of the best microscopic exhibitions of a specialized art form (the circus). Populated with many true circus headliners, its musical portions are colorful and joyous- especially "Circus On Parade," the equestrian "This Can't Be Love," and the gorgeous opening number "Over and Over Again-" which shows off 2nd unit man Busby Berkely's cinemagraphic flourish. (Note, in particular, the final stunning pullback shot which shows all of the acts rehearshing en masse at the same time.) Ms. Day, already a top box office star due to her romantic comedies with Rock Hudson, is gorgeous in the film and her voice can only be described as velvety. Listen especially to her solos "My Romance," "Little Girl Blue," and a charming duet staged with Day and Martha Raye in a wagon caravan staring out at the nighttime sky and wishing for love, "Why Can't I?" Portions of the film are directed too slowly and leading man Stephen Boyd is wooden, but circus owner Jummy Durante is marvelous in every scene he's in- especially where he's trying to hide an elephant!! The finale, with the cast dressed for a double wedding and dancing to "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" is truly lovely. If you've never seen a circus you could watch this and be satisfied that you spent an evening under the big top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Elephantine Delight!! Oct. 17 2000
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"Billy Rose's Jumbo" had been planned by MGM as a vehicle for Judy Garland. It never happened but in 1962 MGM polished off the sawdust,spangles, and dreams, gave it to famed producer Joe Pasternak and director Charles Walters, and starred the nation's number one box-office attraction, Doris Day, in the opulent and costly extravaganza. In the midst of an amazing string of box-office bonanzas, "Jumbo" proved to be the one weak spot for Miss Day. It's almost incomprehensible as to why.
"Jumbo", as it's usually known, is one of the most enjoyable musicals turned out in the 1960's, during the waning days of movie musicals. Rodgers and Hart's music has rarely been better performed. The film is replete with romance, comedy, circus acts, and spectacle. Day, Stephen Boyd (and a voice double), Jimmy Durante, and Martha Raye, are matchless.
Durante is owner of the Pop Wonder circus, a small traveling show, that may be sold to the John Noble circus. Noble really wants the Wonder's crown jewel, Jumbo, the elephant. Boyd is the son of Noble, who woos and wins Day, the daughter of Durante. That sums up the storyline but hardly the essence of what makes the film soar.
Doris Day never looked lovelier, in beautiful honey blonde styles by fabled stylist, Sydney Guilaroff. She sings like a dream and did 75% of her own acrobatic and equestrian work. Durante and Raye are a joy, singing, dancing and mugging. Day's duet with Raye is perfect as are her renditions of "My Romance" and "Little Girl Blue".
The disappointing receipts for this film supposedly cost Day the lead in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" which MGM had purchased with her in mind. It's a shame, because "Jumbo" contains some of the finest work she ever put on film. A treat for children of all ages!!
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By Chris
Format:VHS Tape
Kitty (Doris Day)'s father is Pop Wonder 9(Jimmy Durante) a bum who runs a big circus featuring the famous elephant JUMBO! Well they have a lot of problems keeping the Circus up and running because Pop has a major addiction to playing Crap Games! And he looses almost all of the movies so they are always stalling the cops and the people with excuses with a lot of other stuff! But then Sam Rawlins (Stephen Boyd) comes down to town and he tries to take over their circus by doing a lot of annoying stuff! But Kitty and Sam fall in love! Then Sam's Father Pop Rawlins comes to town and steals the Circus Sam and Kitty and Pop Wonder make their own new Circus and Sam and Kitty get married!
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4.0 out of 5 stars DAY AT THE CIRCUS ... Doris, that is
Just watched the Turner Classic Movies cable network airing of BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO during their January DORIS DAY month. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003 by Danny R. Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film!
This is ruly a delightful film with Jimmy Durante and Doris Day. I recommend it for all children and adults alike. It's so enteraining, with some lovely songs. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by Rosella Ann Myles
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD please
Fabulous musical sequences. But pan and scan cuts off so much. JUMBO needs a DVD widescreen release.
Published on April 28 2002 by Eric Plattor
2.0 out of 5 stars More Sawdust Than Glitter
Although it would seem this film has the best of everything--a first rate cast, a first rate score, and big-budget production values--JUMBO is a movie musical completely lacking in... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Enchanting
Doris Day stars as Kitty Wonder in this film version of the Broadway smash that played to packed houses in the Hippodrome in the '20's. Read more
Published on March 30 2000 by Byron Kolln
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a heart-warming film.
The film is great family viewing. Doris Day, Jimmie Durante, and Martha Raye are loveable characters who will go to great lengths to save their circus and the object of their... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly corny, but great nonetheless
If you are looking for a light hearted, uplifting, and entertaining classic, then this is the one to see. Read more
Published on April 13 1999 by ravenl4
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