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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 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Wonderful musical melodrama 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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Film debut of Diahann Carroll,See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in a window as Carmen is walking through town.See more »
Quotes:
Carmen Jones:'Scuse my dust, gentlemen. The air's gettin' mighty unconditioned 'round here.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
FINAL DUETSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful musical melodrama, 20 January 2006
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

An all-black version of "Carmen". It's updated to the 1950s with wild and incredibly sexy Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) falling for honest, nice serviceman Joe (Harry Belafonte)...and destroying him and his life.

All the singing (except for Pearl Bailey) was dubbed. Dandridge and Belafonte could definitely sing but they didn't have the voices to carry off operatic songs. This seems kind of a strange way to do "Carmen" (I mean by updating it to the 1950s) but it still works. It's colorful, full of life and never dull. BTW I HATE opera but I loved this! The dubbing seems strange (and obvious) at first but you eventually get used to it.

The acting varies. The minor roles are all well played but Belafonte seems off as Joe. He looks miserable and even though he's a tall and very handsome guy he seems no match for Dandridge. His soft voice works against him. Pearl Bailey has a small role but she's great. She dominates the screen every time she's on camera. But this is Dandridge's movie all the way. She's just great--VERY sexy and one hell of an actress. She was also the first black actress to ever be nominated as Best Actress (she didn't win). There was a LOT of infighting on the set--director Otto Preminger was known to be a dictator and he was on this movie. He had frequent screaming matches with Pearl Bailey! And Bailey HATED Dandridge--it's a credit to both of them that it doesn't show in the movie. WELL worth catching even if you hate opera. I heard some people hate this because it's done by an all black cast. That's silly---and racist.

Look for the scene on the street where Dandridge is on the street in front of a glass window--you can see the entire camera crew reflected!

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