Film that would be excellent if maybe 20 mins of fat was trimmed. As it is, still pretty good. Russell is great as an overbearing stage mother, and Malden provides excellent supporting work as he did throughout his career. Wood shines in transformative role. Her character goes on quite a journey by the end, and its a fun ride. 3.5 stars, would be 4 if not for the length issues.
A disgrace. Allowing Mervyn LeRoy to direct was the first mistake. Then casting the non-singer Rosalind Russell was the next. Finally, giving the role of the Junoesque Gypsy Rose Lee to the diminutive Natalie Wood was the last. Three strikes.