Rosalind Russell takes on the roles of one of the most famous stage mothers - Rose Hovick. Rose missed her chances of a career in showbusiness and on realising her daughter June's talent she decides to live her dream through her daughters. June is a very able singer, dancer and actress but her older sister Rose Louise is forced to live in her shadow "until we find out what she does best" as Mame Rose puts it. The years roll by and Mame Rose now has Herbie - a former agent who becomes an agent again - for the act thinking Mame Rose will marry him. June gets fed up of acting cute likeable and younger than she is and elopes to wed. Mama Rose is furious at the news of June's departure and channels her rage into trying to get Rose Louise to take over. This is fine for a while but whilst booked in at a burlesque theatre Rose Louise meets some of the strippers and agrees to fill in for one of the acts and is introduced as Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy becomes one of the highest paid strippers in America and Mama Rose is forced to live in her shadow just as Gypsy did with her sister June. Gypsy is played by Natalie Wood and she gives a very good performance. Karl Malden plays Herbie Somers who is agent to June and Louise and fiance to Mame Rose. This is a great film based on Gypsy Rose Lee's Memoirs as is the stage show that starred Ethel Merman as Mama Rose. Such great songs include Some People, You'll Never Get Away From Me, Little Lamb, Everything's Coming Up Roses, If Momma was Married and Gotta Have a Gimmick. This is a must have film for fans of the musicals and of Natalie Wood, Karl Malden and the very talented Rosalind Russell. :-)
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