Cinema: Momma

Gypsy. "Hold yer hats an "hallelujah!" the burlescuties used to bellow, "Momma's gonna show it to ya!'' Momma in the present instance is Rosalind Russell, and at 55 all she's showing is talent—but hallelujah! The old girl rips, roars, romps, rampages and rollicks through this raucous musical like Woody the Woodpecker's wife.

Based on the Broadway boff that was based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, the film affects to explain how a nice little girl from Seattle grew up to be the genius of grind. The explanation is Momma. As Roz portrays her, Momma Hovick is the matriarchetype of the...

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