|Sing out, Louise!|
However, if I’m really committed to giving a movie adapted from a Broadway show the benefit of the doubt, I know my chief duty is to refrain from engaging in that time-honored, ultimately fruitless pastime of all self-appointed musical theater “purists”: stockpiling comparisons and evaluating motion pictures by live theater standards.
|Rosalind Russell as Rose Hovick|
|Natalie Wood as Louse Hovick / Gypsy Rose Lee|
|Karl Malden as Herbie Sommers|
|Ann Jillian (age 11) as "Dainty" June Hovick with Caroline the Cow|
|"If Momma Was Married"|
|Rosalind Russell's vocals were largely handled by Lisa Kirk|
A 2003 CD release of the Gypsy soundtrack included a few outtake samples
of Russell singing unassisted.
|"Everything's Coming Up Roses"|
|"Let Me Entertain You"|
Gypsy afforded Natalie Wood a rare opportunity to do her own singing.
To help with her strip routines she visited a Sunset Blvd strip club where
strippers had names like Fran Sinatra and Natalie Should
I love that it is the single, solitary moment afforded the pushed-to-the-sidelines Louise, and the first time we get to hear about what someone else feels besides Rose. This external internal monologue captures so perfectly a child’s loneliness (associating sadness with what should be a happy occasion) with the single lyric: “Little cat. Little cat. Oh, why do you look so blue? Did somebody paint you like that, or is it your birthday, too?”
Most musicals have draggy second acts, but Act II of Gypsy has two wonderful numbers: The show-stopping “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and that masterfully-constructed musical nervous breakdown, “Rose’s Turn.”
|"You Gotta Get a Gimmick"|
Roxanne Arlen as Electra, Betty Bruce as Tessie Tura, and Faith Dane as Mazeppa
|"Mr. Goldstone, I Love You"|
That's character actor Ben Lessy as Mr. Goldstone - dubbed Mervyn Goldstone in
inside-joke honor of director Mervyn LeRoy
|"Together Wherever We Go"|
|"Don't you DARE answer that phone when I'm yelling at you!"|
That's Jean Willes quaking in her boots as Mr. Grantzinger's secretary
|The real-life Gypsy Rose Lee appeared onscreen opposite her motion picture mother, |
Rosalind Russell in the 1966 comedy, The Trouble With Angels
"Mama's Talking Soft", a song composed by Styne & Sondheim for Gypsy that failed to make it into the production (it was to be a duet sung by June & Louise following "Small World"). In 1959, pop star Petula Clark recorded a cover of the song for the B-side of her single, "Where Do I Go From Here?"