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Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 17:32
The following doesn't have anything specific to do with "Jumbo," but I just wanted to share something a snippet I read recently involving Martha Raye and didn't know where else to post it. (By sharing this, I certainly don't mean it as a criticism or a judgment; it just amused me.) It was related by a former member of the U.S. military:
"Martha was a great supporter of the military and made many trips to Vietnam to entertain the troops. She also liked her scotch. One day my commanding officer ordered me to escort Ms. Raye, and then added, 'We've already been through 3 escorts. You're the only one I can think of she won't be able to drink under the table.'"
Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 20:16
I came across this interesting comment about Doris and Billy Rose's Jumbo in David Kaufman's book:
"Though Doris Day nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Jumbo, the film's failure at the box office cost her what would have been one of the most natural assignments of her film career: the title role in MGM's upcoming The Unsinkable Molly Brown".
Posted: 10 Oct 2020, 21:57
Billy Rose's Jumbo is a Doris Day film that is filled with an incredible amount of charm, beautiful music, great adventure and wonderful comedy. I have held sweet affection for this film since seeing it as a youth.
In Tom Santopietro's book Considering Doris Day it states:
"In this, her last musical, Day displays an acting ability every bit the equal of her extraordinary singing. When John Noble forecloses on the Wonder Circus at the exact moment that Pop is going to marry Lulu and Kitty realizes that Sam is the son of her archenemy, the look on her face -- the sense of betrayal -- speaks volumes. Through a combination of acting skills and her even inherent persona , Doris Day makes an audience care for her, just as they did for Judy Garland. This acting ability is further evidenced in the "Little Girl Blue" number, another Rodgers and Hart classic. Wandering the desserted grounds of the circus , Doris sings "Little Girl Blue" in voice over, lit, at first only on her face; dejectedly walking in the empty big top, Kitty is singing because she has lost both her love and the family business. Only song could now express such heightened emotion , and the pensive ballad beautifully conveys Kitty's sense of betrayal and despair. Walters cannily stages the song to that actual sight of Doris Day singing is visible on screen only when she sits down on the circus ring and reaches the climatic words
No use old girl --
You may as well surrender --
Your hope is getting slender --
The viewer really does feel genuine emotion for Kitty and her sense of loss.
This joyful film jewel deserves to be seen on television more often. This year I am planning to show it to a small family gathering ( social distancing) for our Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday.
Posted: 12 Oct 2020, 06:08
I've always loved Jumbo! It's cinematic comfort food of the highest order.
And let's not forget that Doris, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye and the film were nominated for Golden Globe awards. I think it might have been a bigger hit if they'd filmed it ten years earlier but it stands as one of the last big MGM musicals and I'm glad Doris got one more musical in before she retired from films.