Genre Guesstimation – Gypsy (1962)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond and she has chosen the genre of Movie Musicals.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to MusicalAudrey@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Audrey!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movie Musicals.

“[on remarrying] After three husbands, it takes a lot of butter to get you back in the frying pan. ” – Rose

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young performer’s life is dictated by her overbearing mother who will do anything to help her daughter become a success.

My Take on it – I had actually never heard of this film before seeing it and having seen the three leads in other films, I was eager to see what they could od here.

Unfortunately even with the likes of Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden, this film just isn’t as impactful as one would hope it could be.

I liked the way that the main theme deals with an overbearing parent who’s love for one’s child is surpassed by the need to let them be a true success in life.

This film drags on too much and ultimately takes too long to get to its real point.

Once it gets there, you can easily see what they are trying to do yet it still just doesn’t work as effectively as a story like this should be.

Bottom Line – Interesting look at how a parent can demand so much from their child while still doing all they can to make them a success in everything they do, no matter the cost.  Russell, Wood and Malden are all fine here but none of them feel like they are able to help make this story even better.  It drags on a bit too much and takes too long to get to its real point.  The ideas presented are quite good, but not as effective as they possibly could have been. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before the decision was made to dub most of her vocals, Rosalind Russell attempted to do her own singing. The highly unsatisfactory results can be heard as an extra feature on the soundtrack CD. After Ethel Merman’s death, a tape of the Russell recordings was found in a box in Merman’s closet. Merman, who was infuriated that she had not been cast in the film, evidently had retained this copy of the Russell vocals as a strange and somewhat vengeful consolation prize. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – This film is good but not great.  Has some great ideas but it feels a bit too drawn out.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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