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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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Plot:
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:
Dandridge and Bizet! See more (44 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)

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:
Leontyne Price was originally assigned to dub Dorothy Dandridge's singing voice, but fell ill and was replaced by Marilyn Horne.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in a window as Carmen is walking through town.See more »
Quotes:
Joe:Thanks, but I don't drink.
Carmen Jones:Boy, if the army was made up of nothin' but soldiers like you, war wouldn't do nobody no good.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Dandridge and Bizet!, 10 January 2005
Author: Edward Reid from Tallahassee, FL, US

Some greatness here. Dandridge's performance is riveting, and Pearl Bailey is a wonderful addition. Bizet's music is as appealing as always. The singers are excellent. The dancers at Billy Pastor's are another high point.

Too many slips for me to rate it a 10. It's lip-synced -- like every other movie musical, and (despite what one other reviewer said), one of the best lip-sync jobs I've seen. Only My Fair Lady does better (of those I've seen). Dandridge, Belafonte, and Bailey are particularly good; Olga James much less so. But I always find lip-syncing painfully obvious and distracting and will probably never have a chance to top-rate a movie musical as a result. It's also quite distracting when Joe breaks into song, because LeVern Hutcherson's voice is so different from Harry Belafonte's. It's a real shame that experienced singers like Dandridge and Belafonte weren't allowed to sing. Marilyn Horne, wow -- but I like the voice to match the face.

The acting is uneven. Some is excellent, led by Dandridge, and others do well too. But some of the acting is stiff.

Then there's the re-setting. Oh, moving the place is fine. It's funny that a couple of reviewers have referred to "how the Spaniards do it" and "Spanish opera". Hey, Carmen is set in Seville and Bizet attempted to use some Spanish musical idioms, but Carmen is a French opera through and through. Bizet was French, Prosper Merimee was French, the libretto is in French. But Carmen Jones only uses the top arias from Carmen, and ends up adding a lot of dialog to fill in the time. The story is true to the original, but Bizet told more in music and Hammerstein tells more in words. Oscar should have trusted Georges more.

I notice that Alvin Ailey is uncredited as a dancer. I found a couple of photos of him on the web -- it's hard, because his dance company has been so much more famous than the man, but I found a couple. I *think* I figured out which one he is -- some slo-mo work there -- but most of the dancers' faces don't come into focus for long enough to know for sure. It would be mostly a curiosity to know, since the movie doesn't show enough of the dance to see any personal style.

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