A Jumbo Joke
Yesterday, I noted that Jimmy Durante delivered one of my favorite jokes in all of movies, perhaps even my favorite. It's not a traditional punch line per se, but situational, which in large part is what I love it for. And happily, I found the scene. I wish the clip started earlier, so it could build to the moment, but we takes what we are given.
The 1962 movie is Jumbo, based on 1935 Rodgers & Hart musical (that Durante had starred in), which was a huge extravaganza put on by the impresario Billy Rose, not at a regular Broadway theater but instead staged at the huge Hippodrome in New York, where the show transcended being a standard musical, and was also done as an actual circus filled with animal acts, trapeze artists, clowns and acrobats.
The very short version to set up this scene is that Durante's character is trying to sneak the massive title character out of the circus to safety.
There's a slight delay before the movie footage starts, but be patient for five seconds. Also, please feel free to Ignore the subtitles.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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