Watch: Billy Rose’s Jumbo 1962 123movies, Full Movie Online – It’s the early 1900’s. The Wonder Circus is a traveling circus owned and operated by Anthony Wonder – who performs as a clown – and his daughter Kitty Wonder – who performs as an aerialist and trick rider. Although Kitty loves her Pop as she and all the other circus performers call her father, she hates his gambling addiction which is placing the circus deep in debt. They and their employees treat the circus like one big family, especially Lulu the fortune teller who wants to be Mrs. Wonder, but the employees may only be so loyal if they aren’t getting paid. As such, many of the performers leave or threaten to leave to join the Wonder Circus’ main competitor, the Noble Circus owned by the power and money hungry John Noble. Although Pop and Kitty don’t want anyone to leave their employ, the only act that they will never let go is Jumbo, their trained elephant, who Noble had tried to buy in the past. As many performers leave, into their midst comes circus Jack-of-all-trades Sam Rawlins. Kitty is reluctant to hire Sam because she wants loyal people working for them instead of someone like Sam who she sees as a “sunshiner”, a career circus employee who moves from gig to gig. Pop has no such reservation and hires him. Despite still being somewhat suspicious of Sam’s motivations since she figures he could get more money working for Noble with his vast array of circus skills, Kitty starts to fall in love with Sam, and he with her, despite his attempts to feign disinterest. Indeed, Sam is hiding a secret about himself and his reason for being with the show. That secret may jeopardize his standing with the Wonders if they ever found out – even if Sam begins to have second thoughts about his reasons for joining them – and jeopardize the entire Wonder Circus itself which includes Jumbo’s life..
Plot: The daughter of a circus owner fights to save her father from a takeover spearheaded by the man she loves.
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Jumbo- is Big Circus ***1/2
Wonderful Doris Day and Jimmy Durante 1962 film dealing with a circus family. Martha Raye, who plays Lulu, is quite a lulu as she strives to get Durante to end their 14 year engagement and finally get married.
What a change for Stephen Boyd in this movie. Having played Massala 3 years earlier in Ben-Hur, Boyd gives a delightful performance as a circus guy sent in to supposedly help the Durante-Day team, but unknown to them, he is the son of Dean Jagger, who desperately wants the Jumbo elephant and will attempt to take over the circus.
The songs are beautifully sung and the circus acts are an absolute joy to watch.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min), 2 hr 7 min (127 min) (DVD)
Genre Comedy, Musical, Romance
Director Charles Walters
Writer Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Sidney Sheldon
Actors Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 9 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints), Mono (optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic) (as Panavision®)
Printed Film Format 35 mm