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Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

Doris Day , Jimmy Durante , Charles Walters  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Sidney Sheldon
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak, Martin Melcher, Roger Edens
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QS2YI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Billy Rose's Jumbo" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Musical short Yours Sincerely
  • Tom and Jerry cartoon Jerry and Jumbo
  • Original overture rejoined to the film
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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Genre: Musicals
Rating: NR
Release Date: 26-APR-2005
Media Type: DVD

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great family entertainment May 25, 2005
Format:DVD
Doris Day shines in this extravaganza, which was to be her last big musical; she is flawless vocally, and the melodic score contains some of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's most loved songs.

Her co-stars are equally strong, with the rambunctious pair of Jimmy Durante (as Doris' father) and Martha Raye (as Durante's ever-patient fiancée), and when either of them are on the screen, it is mega-kilowatt entertainment. Nearly 30 years before this film, Durante had been in cast of the original 1934 Broadway production, and it's also wonderful to hear Martha Raye sing the "Why Can't I ?" duet with Doris, as her great talents as a singer were rarely recognized.

Always a favorite of mine, Stephen Boyd is excellent as Doris' love interest. His beautiful speaking voice, mellow with a slight tinge of Irish, does well with the spoken/sung intro to "Sawdust, Spangles, and Dreams", but his two songs (the other being "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"), are dubbed in by the rich voice of James Joyce.

Many genuine circus acts perform throughout the film, and the stunt work for the stars is seamlessly edited in. Jumbo the elephant of course, is the 5th star of the film, and he gives a "thumbs up" performance.

The lavish production has many magical moments, and though most of it is pure fantasy, it captures the feel of "on the road performers" that anyone who has done a lot of touring in any theatrical field will appreciate.

Kudos to director Charles Winters, and cinematographer William H. Daniels for their work in this film, which is superb family entertainment. Total running time is 123 minutes.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars once again, the Wonder Circus is on parade... June 16, 2005
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BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO makes it's long-awaited DVD release. The movie was one of the last hig musical hurrah's from MGM, and it was also Doris Day's last movie musical role. She shines as Kitty Wonder, the bareback-riding queen of the Wonder Circus.

Based around the classic Rodgers and Hart musical (with a new storyline devised by Sidney Sheldon). Pop Wonder (Jimmy Durante, who also headlined the original 30s' Hippodrome production) owns the magical Wonder Circus, famous for it's star attraction, Jumbo the elephant. His daughter Kitty, and on-again off-again squeeze Lulu (Martha Raye) complete his family. When the mysterious Sam Rawlins (Stephen Boyd) arrives to become the new tightrope aerialist, Kitty instantly falls in love with him, but Sam hides the secret that he is the son of the Wonders' main adversary, John Noble (Dean Jagger) owner of the Noble Circus.

Tempers and emotions run high as John Noble takes away Pop's beloved circus..and even Jumbo. It's up to Sam to unite the feuding clans and reclaim Kitty's heart.

Lavish, tuneful entertainment. Doris Day suits the role of Kitty to a tee and looks lovely in her Morton Haack-designed costumes. Stephen Boyd aquits himself quite well in a rare musical role. Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye are wonderful as feuding `odd couple' Pop and Lulu.

Several real circus acts and performers appear to add extra authenticity to the circus scenes; Doris Day performed many of her own stunts. Songs include "Over and Over Again" (Day performs most of her acrobatic tricks here), "Why Can't I?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day's Last Musical May 18, 2005
Format:DVD
By 1962, the MGM movie musicals that made up one of the genre's golden ages had disappeared. GIGI in 1958 was the last great musical from the old masters at that studio (in GIGI's case it was Arthur Freed and Vincente Minnelli), and JUMBO was pretty much the end of the trail for Joe Pasternak and Charles Walters. Walters would go on to direct 1964's popular MOLLY BROWN, but that film is a shadow of what it could have been if the right cast had been secured (some think Doris Day was meant for Molly, and she would have been good no doubt, but it was really designed for Shirley MacLaine). Day's last musical film was JUMBO, and, as such, it's a nifty way to say goodbye to the sunny, ebullient, effortlessly engaging actress's musical career. Day was one of the screen's most popular and talented actresses by any standards, and seeing her in this lightweight, funny, romantic slapdash of Rodgers and Hart tunes, circus troubles, and other songs interpolated from newer sources is not a bad way to spend an evening. The cast is very fine indeed, even the stiffer than wood Stephen Boyd, and how can you go wrong with both Jimmy Durante AND Martha Raye? It's all very bright and has nothing at all to do with reality, which makes it work well as a movie musical. The film includes one of the best circus numbers ever put on film - "Over and Over Again" - with an entire circus rehearsing their various acts to a sweeping waltz that builds and builds to ecstasy. But there are also "My Romance", "Little Girl Blue", and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World".

This new DVD has a sparkling picture and terrific stereo sound, and the long forgotten overture is now back in place. Wonderful, old-fashioned family entertainment of the best sort from an era when film musicals were undergoing a change from MGM glory to big-budget roadshow extravagance. It also gives us that triple-threat talent Doris Day front and center, and what more could one ask for?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Rodgers and Hart musical
A circus is taken over by a rival who want Jumbo. Jimmy Durante prevents this. He kidnaps the elephant. Hilarious!
Published 18 hours ago by david a. banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My all time favorite movie from when I was young!
Published 9 days ago by Lou Anne Brinkerhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Rose's Jumbo is a beautiful movie! Not only is the music beyond...
Billy Rose's Jumbo is a beautiful movie! Not only is the music beyond description but the acting and the circus scenes; absolutely
wonderful and engaging! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Morningstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 20 days ago by naome
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this movie - it's fun, fabulous, and flirty!
I'm so glad to find that JUMBO came out on blu-ray. It's a beautiful movie and on blu-ray, even better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skeletor-Vixen
5.0 out of 5 stars and made a great gift.
Outstanding print, and made a great gift.
Published 1 month ago by mike ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day at Her Best
Good old-fashioned story with lots of music and song. I bought this for my oldest granddaughter, just to give her a taste of what movies used to be. She loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Rooksberry
1.0 out of 5 stars Tape had and ERROR
The DVD would play nothing. The screen said ERROR That was all I got. I have requested a new DVD
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice film and reference AV quality blu-ray
stunning. large-format films are rarely encoded to blu-ray with as much transparency as this. Many scenes are like "looking through a window". Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Boulet
4.0 out of 5 stars a good movie
While it did lag from time to time, there are some gems in this movie with very funny parts!
Singing in a movie to me is always a bonus as I have favorites. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lis
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