Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Jumbo is a mighty talented elephant. Its 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 Roses 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 Dads wise-cracking fianc? (Martha Raye) are suddenly at risk of losing the greatest show on earth!
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"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!!
Most recent customer reviews
Just watched the Turner Classic Movies cable network airing of BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO during their January DORIS DAY month. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by Danny R. Proctor
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by Rosella Ann Myles
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 18 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
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 morePublished on March 30 2000 by Byron Kolln
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 1999