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Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by Charles Walters and produced by Martin Melcher, Joe Pasternak and Roger Edens.

Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Music - ScoringGeorge StollNominated
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Doris Day finds the elephant in the room in... Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

By Michaela on Nov 12, 2016 From Love Letters to Old Hollywood

In 1935, showman Billy Rose staged a gigantic show appropriately titled Jumbo at the New York Hippodrome. Rose wanted the best, hiring Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur to write the script, George Abbott to direct, Jimmy Durante to star, Paul Whiteman to conduct, and Rodgers and Hart to write the scor... Read full article


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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.
Historical records show that many of the character names and songs of Billy Rose's "Jumbo" in the 1935 stage production were entirely different. Jimmy Durante appeared in the original New York stage production, but not as the owner of the circus. He is listed as "Claudius B. Bowers", a character name not in the film.
This musical marked the end of Busby Berkeley's movie career.
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