Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962)


“Bring the kiddies.. out to see. Bring the entire Fami-ly.” – Kitty

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of a circus owner must do her best to try and save their circus due to her father’s growing debts.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had high expectations for since it was a musical starring Doris Day.

She was an amazing actress and singer yet isn’t able to help make this film or its story any more interesting.

The story is extremely boring and moves along at a very strange pace that takes away from the enjoyment of things.

In addition to Day, this film features Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Dean Jagger and Martha Raye yet none of them stand out enough to make this film interesting to watch.

None of the characters are developed well enough and it’s hard to acre about any of the or about what will happen to them because it all seems much too superficial.

The musical numbers are all quite bland and the most memorable one is “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”

Even the film’s star, Jumbo the Elephant fails to make this film worth watching because of the way he is presented throughout.

The story drags along too much and wa sa chore to get through even though it’s a light musical.

Throughout my viewing of this film, I was trying to figure out which character was Billy Rose and was shocked to find out afterwards that the title of the film is really Jumbo, and Billy Rose was the original producer of the play that the film was based on.

Bottom Line – Extremely boring music that fails to work on any level. Day was an amazing actress and singer, yet even she cannot help make this story any more enjoyable to watch. The characters aren’t developed well enough and things feel much too superficial the whole way through. In addition to Day, Boyd, Durante, Jagger and Raye give ok performances, but none of them really stand out. The musical numbers are a bit too bland and the most memorable one is “the most beautiful girl”.  Even the elephant star of the film isn’t a good enough reason to want to watch this film that drags along for almost the entire run time.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was Doris Day’s last appearance in a full-on musical – and one of the last of the lavishly-budgeted MGM musicals as well. Despite Day being ranked the #1 box office star at the time of its release, it was widely considered a box office failure. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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