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Gypsy (1962)




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Gypsy is based on the autobiography of Gyspy Rose Lee and concerns a stripper and her stage mother. Rose (Rosalind Russell) works with Louise (Natalie Wood) and Electra (Roxanne Arlen) as stage mother and manager. She falls for Herbie (Karl Malden), a veteran agent. Daughter "Dainty" June carries on the tradition her mother started, and Rose is vexed when she leaves for a solo career. She pushes Louise, normally a singer, into the act when a veteran stripper doesn't show. Louise becomes an overnight sensation, but a rift between Rose and Louise causes Rose to be abandoned all over again. This colorful musical was a Broadway hit, and the choreography of Jerome Robbins carries over to the screen choreography credited to Robert Tucker. The words and music by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne are the highlight of the film which was produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Leonard Spigelgass, Arthur Laurents
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 2, 2000
Warner Home Video


Natalie Wood
as Louise Hovick/Gypsy ...
Rosalind Russell
as Rose Hovick
Ann Jillian
as `Dainty' June
Morgan Brittany
as `Baby' June Hovick
Betty Bruce
as Tessie Tura
Suzanne Cupito
as "Baby" June
Faith Dane
as Mazeppa
Parley Baer
as Mr. Kringelein
Diane Pace
as `Baby' Louise
Jean Willes
as Betty Cratchitt
Ben Lessy
as Mervyn Goldstone
Jack Benny
as Himself
Dick Foster
as Farmboy
Jim Hubbard
as Farmboy
Jeff Parker
as Farmboy
Mike Cody
as Farmboy
Bo Wagner
as Farmboy
Teri Hope
as Hollywood Blonde
Shirley Chandler
as Hollywood Blonde
Frances Karath
as Hollywood Blonde
Paula Martin
as Hollywood Blonde
Marni Nixon
as Loise Hovick
Dee Ann Johnston
as Hollywood Blonde
Renee Aubry
as Hollywood Blonde
Trudi Ames
as Hawaiian Girl
James Millhollin
as Mr. Beckman
William Fawcett
as Mr. Willis
Danny Lockin
as Yonkers
Dina Claire
as Dolores
Marni Nixon
as Loise Hovick
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Critic Reviews for Gypsy

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | July 2, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even when it's not quite running on all cylinders, LeRoy's Gypsy is never less than cute, and sometimes, it's a good deal more. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Gypsy

This is a good movie based on the real life of Gypsy Rose Lee. The actors in this movie give good performances. Plus, it gives the audience a look at vaudeville too. I liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The best numbers of any musical, essentially thanks to the amazing performance by Rosalind Russell, even if she was dubbed.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Rosalind Russell is a force to be reckoned with as Mama Rose in this biographical musical about the humble beginnings of her daughter, 'Gypsy Rose Lee'. Natalie Wood shines in an appealing performance as the title character, a nice counterbalance to Russell's strident display as the stage mother from hell. An eight-minute monologue at the end drags on the film's 144min running time, but overall an entertaining, lavish movie adaptation of the 1959 Stephen Sondheim / Jules Styne musical.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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