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Carmen Jones -- Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

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Release Date:
28 October 1954 (USA) See more »
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Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dorothy Dandridge's best film See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harry Belafonte ... Joe

Dorothy Dandridge ... Carmen Jones

Pearl Bailey ... Frankie
Olga James ... Cindy Lou
Joe Adams ... Husky Miller

Brock Peters ... Sergeant Brown (as Broc Peters)
Roy Glenn ... Rum Daniels
Nick Stewart ... Dink Franklin

Diahann Carroll ... Myrt
LeVern Hutcherson ... Joe (voice) (as Le Vern Hutcherson)
Marilyn Horne ... Carmen Jones (voice) (as Marilynn Horne)
Marvin Hayes ... Husky Miller (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alvin Ailey ... Dance Soloist (uncredited)
DeForest Covan ... Trainer (uncredited)
Joseph E. Crawford ... Dink Franklin (singing voice) (uncredited)
Carmen De Lavallade ... Dance Soloist (uncredited)
Bernie Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Margaret Lancaster ... Singing Voice (uncredited)
Mauri Lynn ... Sally (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bernice Peterson ... Myrt (singing voice) (uncredited)
Max Roach ... Max (uncredited)
Carmencita Romero ... Dancer (uncredited)
Archie Savage ... Dance Soloist (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Hagar - Carmen's Grandmother (uncredited)
Rubin Wilson ... Kid Pancho (uncredited)
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Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Hammerstein II (book) (as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd)

Harry Kleiner (screenplay)

Prosper Mérimée  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Art Direction by
Edward L. Ilou 
John DeCuir (co-art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Ann Nyberg 
 
Production Management
Herman E. Webber .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Silver .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Gene Previdi .... sound editor (uncredited)
Sam Woodward .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Myers .... camera operator
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lina Abarbanell .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leon Birnbaum .... music editor
Georges Bizet .... music: based on "Carmen"
George Brand .... music editor
Ted Dale .... associate musical director
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... musical director
Billy Rose .... producer: Broadway musical play "Carmen Jones"
Murray Spivack .... music recordist
Vinton Vernon .... music recordist
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... co-musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
John Indrisano .... fight stager
Otto Preminger .... presenter
Max Slater .... production assistant (as Maximilian Slater)
Herbert Ross .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
105 min | Argentina:108 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #17140) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Otto Preminger wanted to film on location in Chicago and South Carolina, but studio records show the movie was shot entirely on the Fox lot. One notable exception was the children's chorus scenes that were shot on location at a working dynamite factory. The parents, of course, were present, many of them sitting on boxes of explosives - idly smoking.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Carmen blinks after being strangled.See more »
Quotes:
Frankie:We'll be livin' off the fatheads of the land.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
DERE'S A CAFE ON DE CORNERSee more »

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Dorothy Dandridge's best film, 4 January 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

It's incredible that it took an Austrian director, Otto Preminger, the courage to bring this wonderful screen adaptation of the Bizet's immortal opera Carmen to the American public. As a musical, "Carmen Jones" had been seen, successfully, on Broadway, because of the many talented black performers that weren't allowed to be seen in Hollywood movies. Preminger had a knack for tackling issues that other, better known directors, stayed away from.

"Carmen Jones", as seen today, shows us a film that is somehow dated, but when it made its debut, it surprised a lot of people because it was a revolutionary work, something the American movie goers weren't used to seeing. The strength of the film lies in the performances Mr. Preminger got from his multi-talented cast.

The adaptation of the opera sets the film in the South. We are taken to a military base during the war. The local people work in the factory, attached to the base, making parachutes and other war related equipment. Carmen Jones, is the sultry young woman who sticks out from the rest of her co-workers, not only by her beauty, which was obvious, but by the way she can reduce men to servitude, which is what happens to Joe, the man who is being promoted until fate intervenes and Carmen renders him useless.

The gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge made a magnificent Carmen Jones. In fact, this was Ms. Dandridge's best screen work because she smolders the screen every time she is seen in the film. Harry Belafonte is Joe, the man whose passion for the lovely Carmen will consume him and will not let him see straight. Pearl Bailey is a delight in her take of Frankie. Olga James is seen as the sweet Cindy Lou, the girl in love with Joe. Joe Adams, Brock Peters and a young Diahann Carroll are also seen in minor roles.

Some comments to the IMDb forum express their displeasure at the way the voices are heard. This seems to have been the only thing that Preminger should have worked with his collaborators Oscar Hammerstein II and Harry Kleiner into having the opera melodies sung naturally, the way one would expect Ms. Dandridge, who could sing, and of course, Harry Belafonte, a wonderful singer, to deliver them in a way that would have pleased those audiences not accustomed to hearing classical opera.

Regardless of what we think today, this was one of the breakthroughs that proved to America they could enjoy black performers on their merits and talent. Otto Preminger must be praised for being a pioneer in this field and for daring to be a man ahead of his time.

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