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Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD)

Jimmy Durante, Doris Day and Martha Raye star in this big-screen portrayal of Rogers and Hart's Broadway musical about an all-out effort to save a struggling circus--Billy Rose's Jumbo.

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Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD)
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Classic style (5)
  • Entertaining (5)
  • Engaging (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Entertainment (5)
  • Everyone (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (8), Collector (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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4.0

Always Wanted This Movie and Stephen Boyds too.

By Movie King

from Phialdelphia, PA

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift

      Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

      Extremely Pleased.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Saw this @ my local theatre!

      By Movie Man

      from Wilm. DE.

      About Me Audiophile, Collector, Movie Buff

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Classic
      • Colorful Fun
      • Engaging
      • Entertaining
      • Funny

      Cons

      • Family Fun

      Best Uses

      • Entertainment
      • Everyone
      • Family Fun
      • Great Gift

      Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

      Great Funny and songs- like STEAM HEAT !!! The theatre was packed,all seemed to be having a great time!!!.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      JUMBO ENTERTAINMENT

      By MGM Collector

      from Tarrytown

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

      MGM's Jumbo was a massive box office flop - what a pity. It is in fact a beautifully involving film, with some slow songs and circus acts which are best fast forwarded! But what remains is a beautiful looking film, splendid in this Blu Ray transfer - with an amazing 5.1 stereo soundtrack - all of which enhances the experience. Doris Day & Stephen Boyd are a terrific starring couple, with Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye in their final major roles. The on line reviews for the film are fairly accurate - the pleasures outweigh the negatives and in the end, this is one of the last grand M-G-M musical entertainments with a dash of high drama and a bittersweet love story. Pity about the ending which weakens the dramatic build up of the storyline. However - buy it - and let yourself go with the magic of Jumbo.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good, but it should have been better

      By Chuck

      from Chapel Hill, NC

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

      I love MGM musicals, and Jumbo was one of the last of its kind. It was also Doris Day's last musical film. Too bad that the MGM gloss that often made even poor material seem good wasn't applied here, for despite this sharp and clear blue ray edition, Jumbo just feels flat. The songs are mostly very good, and some are wonderful, but there is no energy to the film, and even Doris Day can't brighten it up enough to make it work. And what's with the oddly naturalistic lighting? If you love musicals, then you should see this one, but don't expect to be wowed.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT SONGS & ACTORS, BEAUTIFUL FILM

      By hurricane

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Audiophile, Avid Reader, Movie Buff

      Pros

      • Classic
      • Entertaining

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment

        Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

        This is a lovely, old-fashioned musical with wonderful talent ranging from stellar singing actress Doris Day at the top of her craft to old veterans Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye.
        Of course, leading man Stephen Boyd had his singing voice overdubbed but that was common for the era. The story may be quaint but that is part of the film's nostalgic charm - it is set at a travelling circus after all. The songs from masters Rodgers & Hart include two of their greatest American Songbook classics: "My Romance" and "Little Girl Blue," both superbly presented by Day.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gorgeous Blu-ray! Great Entertainment!

        By MOVIE MAN KEV

        from Santa Monica, CA

        About Me Collector, Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Classic
        • Entertaining
        • Funny

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Everyone

          Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

          Every Warner Archive Blu-ray release has been a winner, but "Billy Rose's JUMBO" is not only a winner, but one of the best-looking, and best-sounding Blu-ray discs I've ever encountered.

          This is a wonderful musical with great Rodgers and Hart songs, amazingly performed with gusto by the always wonderful Doris Day and the unparalleled sound of the great classic MGM orchestra.

          Jimmy Durante and Martha Raye provide winning comedy and song, and the whole production is a delight for both film buffs and family audiences of all ages.

          I heartily recommend this great release.

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          (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Smells like a big pile of elephant ....

          By G$

          from Pa.

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Boring
            • Long
            • Slow

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              Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

              I've seen a lot of bad movies in my time, and this one is up near the top. Even Doris Day's inexhaustible perkiness can't save this sappy excuse for a musical. Stephen Boyd, who should've known better, looks like he's sleepwalking through this. The casting of Boyd as the male lead in a musical, is as puzzling as the casting of Peter Finch, George Kennedy and all the rest of the schlubs in the delightfully awful musical Lost Horizon. Casting aside, it doesn't really matter because the songs in this mess are dreadful. At least Lost Horizon is fun, just because it's so outrageously bad. This movie is just a major bore.

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              • No

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gorgeous Blu-ray!

              By TJK

              from MD

              About Me Collector, Movie Buff

              Pros

              • Classic
              • Delightful
              • Engaging
              • Entertaining

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Entertainment

                Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

                This is one of the "last hurrahs" from the great MGM musical dream factory. It is a lovely period musical with a wonderful Rodgers and Hart score. I have enjoyed this movie over my entire lifetime. While some movies dim after repeated viewings and maturity, Jumbo remains among my all time favorites. The production, music arrangements and direction keep this looking fresh. Doris Day gives one of her best performances and provides her most intimate interpretations of these standards. The blu-ray transfer looks spectacular! Thank you, Warner Archive! Please keep the great color musicals coming out in blu-ray!!!!!

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                • No

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                JUMBO SHINES

                By Humbi

                from Coral Gables, Florida

                About Me Collector, Movie Buff

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Classic
                • Engaging
                • Entertaining

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Entertainment
                  • Everyone

                  Comments about Billy Rose's Jumbo (BD):

                  Beautifuly restored to brilliant picture and sound in HD. A MUST own for the true collector of Doris Day movies.

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                  • No

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