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This Stephen Sondheim/Jules Styne/Arthur Laurents musical comedy Gypsy had been a Broadway smash with Ethel Merman in the lead. Based on the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, it centers on the antics of Mama Rose (here played by Rosalind Russell), the Stage Mother from Hell who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudeville career. Rose pins most of her hopes for fame on older daughter June (billed as "Dainty June"), while little Louise reluctantly goes along for the ride. Karl Malden plays the girls' agent, who falls in love with Rose but is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even when it's not quite running on all cylinders, LeRoy's Gypsy is never less than cute, and sometimes, it's a good deal more. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A bloated musical that is far from great and more like average."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An annoying musical."
‑ Bob Grimm, Reno News and Review
"You'll be swell, you'll be great...not!"
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"Entertaining adaptation of the Broadway musical."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Mervyn LeRoy's screen version of the popular musical is passably entertaining, due to Rosalind Russell's turn as Mama Rose, but something is missing"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lavish old-school movie musical."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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