Monday, May 17, 2010
Billy Rose's Jumbo(1962)
My favorite scene is when Doris Day's character, in a very funny/cute scene takes over a crap game from her father to win back the money he has lost.(pictured above).
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962). Musical. Cast: Jimmy Durante, Doris Day, Martha Raye, and Stephen Boyd. Director: Charles Walters and featured Busby Berkeley's choreography. It was nominated for an Academy Award.
The title came from the Broadway show, and which opened on November 16, 1935, and was the last musical at the New York Hippodrome before it was torn down in 1939.
Both play and film feature songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, although the film borrows two songs from other Rodgers and Hart shows other than Jumbo (including This Can't Be Love, from The Boys From Syracuse). The screenplay was written by Sidney Sheldon.
The film was Doris Day's last screen musical.
Pop and Kitty, are the owners of the Wonder Circus and because of Pops addiction to gambling they are always in debt. Their main attraction is Jumbo, the elephant. Out of the blue a man named Sam Rawlins joins them as a wire walker. What could he be up to?