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Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD) [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: Blu-ray, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • Release Date: Oct. 8 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,956 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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If you like Doris Day and want an example of the wide range of her movie career, you will appreciate this collection. Of the eight movies in this set, my five favourites are the all-out musicals: Pajama Game, Jumbo, Calamity Jane, Lullaby of Broadway and Love Me or Leave Me. Jumbo, Calamity Jane, Lullaby of Broadway, star Doris at her singing best with her male co-stars also in fine form. Pajama Game has the distinction of being comedian/singer/dancer Carol Haney's starring vehicle on Broadway and in film and also one of the few Hollywood musicals that kept all of its original Broadway cast (Doris Day being the exception). Love Me or Leave Me is a real departure for Doris and wasn't very well received when it originally came out because it's definitely not the bouncy girl-next-door picture audiences expected. Doris plays Ruth Etting, a 20s singer in an abusive relationship with her manager. It's a wonderful vehicle for featuring Doris' acting skills, her amazing vocal stylings and the wonderful songs from that era. Jimmy Gagney as the manager puts in a "blow your socks off" performance in Love Me or Leave Me. Please Don't Eat the Daisies features a satisfying and fun pairing of David Niven and Doris Day. The Glass Bottom Boat is a sixties-type spoof of the spy movie genre. The last two movies mentioned are definitely fun enough to watch but... they just don't have enough musical content to satisfy my own personal Doris Day taste! I guess my own favourite Doris Day Collection would be an "all-musical" collection. Young Man with a Horn is definitely the "odd-man out" in this set as it is a Kirk Douglas movie with Doris in a supporting singing player role. But in whatever vehicle she starred, there is something about this actress/singer/dancer that was never matched by others in the "glowing sincerity" department.
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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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Have been a Doris Day fan ever since my mother bought a 78 of hers back in the 1950"s. We came from Holland in 1953 and a year later our first Hi-Fi was purchased. My favourite song at that time was Que Sera, Sera. When I was a little older and Doris's
movies started coming to our theatre, I became aware of her wonderful acting ability as well. I so enjoyed all the movies that
she put out in the sixties and became such a fan, that I now play her movies particularly when I am down or have had a bad day.
Her earlier musical films in this collection are delightful. They don't make light hearted movies like these any more and what a shame, but then no one could do them as well as Doris!
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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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