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Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

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

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Ben Hecht (book), Charles MacArthur (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Kitty Wonder
Stephen Boyd ... Sam Rawlins
Jimmy Durante ... Anthony 'Pop' Wonder
Martha Raye ... Lulu
Dean Jagger ... John Noble
Joseph Waring Joseph Waring ... Harry
Lynn Wood ... Tina
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Ellis
James Chandler James Chandler ... Parsons
Robert Burton ... Madison
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Hank
Norman Leavitt ... Eddie
Grady Sutton ... Driver
Ron Henon Ron Henon ... Circus Performer
The Carlisles The Carlisles ... Circus Performers
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Storyline

It's the early 1900's. The Wonder Circus is a traveling circus owned and operated by Anthony Wonder - who performs as a clown - and his daughter Kitty Wonder - who performs as an aerialist and trick rider. Although Kitty loves her Pop as she and all the other circus performers call her father, she hates his gambling addiction which is placing the circus deep in debt. They and their employees treat the circus like one big family, especially Lulu the fortune teller who wants to be Mrs. Wonder, but the employees may only be so loyal if they aren't getting paid. As such, many of the performers leave or threaten to leave to join the Wonder Circus' main competitor, the Noble Circus owned by the power and money hungry John Noble. Although Pop and Kitty don't want anyone to leave their employ, the only act that they will never let go is Jumbo, their trained elephant, who Noble had tried to buy in the past. As many performers leave, into their midst comes circus Jack-of-all-trades Sam Rawlins.... Written by Huggo

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Jump for joy it's jumbo! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Rose's Jumbo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,256,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The 1935 musical play of Billy Rose's "Jumbo", on which this film was based, was the final stage presentation at New York City's venerable Hippodrome Theatre, which was torn down to make room for a parking lot. The show opened on November 16, 1935 and ran for 233 performances. See more »

Goofs

In the film's opening shots of circus tents being erected, several five-man synchronized sledgehammer teams busily pound stakes into the ground, yet despite the Herculean efforts of these muscle dudes, the stakes don't sink an inch. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Wonder: Bring the kiddies... out to see. Bring the entire Fami-ly.
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Connections

Referenced in My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Circus On Parade
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Doris Day and Chorus
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totally stunning
26 June 2000 | by didi-5See all my reviews

From the circus scenes to those wonderful musical numbers (My Romance, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, This Can't Be Love) this just shines. Day and Boyd may be a little old to play girl and boy falling in love but somehow it works. She is terrific as always, he's a damn good singer, and of course with Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye and an elephant how could it fail? One or two sections drag a bit but in the main this is exceptionally good stuff. Nice syrupy stuff if you're in the mood with some laughs along the way.


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