Morgan Brittany (Suzanne Cupito), as 'Baby' June, stands in front of a road sign two miles outside Klamath Falls. It lists the local service clubs as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Loyal Order of Moose; Kiwanis International; Royal Buffaloes; and Rotary International. An emblem incorporating a pivot-hinged ruler, scimitar and heart overlaid an embossed sunburst purports to represent the "Royal Order, Moguls" but may be a fictional parody of Freemasonry and the Shriners or may refer to a passage in Gypsy Rose Lees autobiography. Another emblem depicting a pelican is unlabeled. [ 00:8:33]
Based on Gypsy Rose Lees autobiography, the first half hour of this movie emphasizes the reliance Rose Hovick placed on her claimed fraternal associations. Centre place is given to the Elks and Buffalo, but the Shriners are mentioned in the song, "Some People".
Gypsy (1962). Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, written by Arthur Laurents (play) Gypsy Rose Lee (book). Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace, Betty Bruce, Parley Baer, Harry Shannon, Morgan Brittany, Ann Jillian, Diane Pace, Faith Dane, Roxanne Arlen, Jean Willes, George Petrie, Ben Lessy. 143 min. USA, English. Technicolor, Stereo. "Some People", music: Jule Styne, lyrics: Stephen Sondheim.