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Director:
Writers:
Sonya Levien (screen play) and
William Ludwig (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
9 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Complete...Intact...with Every Scene...Every Song! (general release Cinemascope version) See more »
Plot:
In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
The sexiest film of the 1950's See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gordon MacRae ... Curly

Gloria Grahame ... Ado Annie

Gene Nelson ... Will Parker
Charlotte Greenwood ... Aunt Eller

Shirley Jones ... Laurey

Eddie Albert ... Ali Hakim

James Whitmore ... Mr. Carnes

Rod Steiger ... Jud Fry
Barbara Lawrence ... Gertie

Jay C. Flippen ... Skidmore
Roy Barcroft ... Marshal

James Mitchell ... Dream Curly / Dancer
Bambi Linn ... Dream Laurey / Dancer
Jennie Workman ... Dancer
Virginia Bosler ... Dancer
Kelly Brown ... Dancer
Evelyn Taylor ... Dancer
Lizanne Truex ... Dancer
Jane Fischer ... Dancer
Marc Platt ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Dealey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Cowboy at Auction (uncredited)

Ben Johnson ... Wrangler (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Farmer at Dance (uncredited)
Nancy Kilgas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Young Cowboy at Box Lunch Auction (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Cowboy at Auction (uncredited)
Russell Simpson ... The Minister (uncredited)
Dolores Starr ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Sonya Levien (screen play) and
William Ludwig (screen play)

Richard Rodgers (adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play) and
Oscar Hammerstein II (adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play)

Lynn Riggs (based upon a dramatic play by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
Oscar Hammerstein II .... executive producer (uncredited)
Richard Rodgers .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodgers (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Gene Ruggiero (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Jack Friedkin (uncredited)
William Maybery (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Oliver Smith 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph C. Wright (art direction by) (as Joseph Wright)
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine (costumes by) (as Motley)
Orry-Kelly (costumes by) (as Orry Kelly)
Charles Arrico (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Annabell .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Percy Ikerd .... production manager (uncredited)
Samuel Lambert .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur Black Jr.)
Milton Carter .... assistant director (uncredited)
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (uncredited)
Russ Haverick .... assistant director (uncredited)
Howard Joslin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward F. Mull .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Voglin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Hynes .... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
C.J. 'Mickey' Emerson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Joseph I. Kane .... dubbing (uncredited)
Kendrick Kinney .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Logan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Milo B. Lory .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Morrell .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ben Johnson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Shirley Lucas .... stunt double: Shirley Jones (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Schuyler Crail .... still photographer (uncredited)
Floyd Crosby .... second unit photographer (uncredited)
Bob Gilbreath .... helicopter pilot: aerial camera helicopter (uncredited)
Bobby Moreno .... camera operator (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe (as Frank Beetson)
Ann Peck .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Howard Epstein .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Don Tomlinson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... musical arrangements
Jay Blackton .... music conducted by
Jay Blackton .... music supervised by
Adolph Deutsch .... adaptor: background music
Adolph Deutsch .... conductor: background music
Oscar Hammerstein II .... book and lyrics by
Robert Helfer .... music co-ordinator
Richard Rodgers .... music by
Ralph Avseev .... music editor (uncredited)
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ralph Ives .... music editor (uncredited)
Richard Melfer .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Agnes de Mille .... dances staged by
John Fearnley .... production aide
Oscar Hammerstein II .... presents (as Rodgers & Hammerstein)
Rodgers and Hammerstein .... present (as Rodgers & Hammerstein)
Richard Rodgers .... presents (as Rodgers & Hammerstein)
Jus Addiss .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Barney Briskin .... production executive (uncredited)
John Dutton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John Emerson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Glickman .... title designer (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... location auditor (uncredited)
Schuyler A. Sanford .... technician: Todd-AO (uncredited)
H. Thomas Wood .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
145 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (CinemaScope version) (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1956) | New Zealand:G | Sweden:15 | Sweden:Btl (re-rating) (1967) | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1992) | USA:Approved Certificate #17398) | USA:G (1982) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marc Platt and Bambi Linn are the only cast members from the original Broadway stage production to appear in the film, but they do not perform their original stage roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Laurie walks into her house when the crowd arrives before going to the Skidmore party, she hears the two girls talking about Curley. One girl's hair is in a long ponytail. The camera pans around the room, and when it goes back to Laurie and the two girls, the girl's hair is no longer in a ponytail.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Curly:[singing] There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, There's a bright golden haze on the meadow. The corn is as high as a elephant's eye, And it looks like it's climbin' clear up to the sky. Oh, what a beautiful mornin', Oh, what a beautiful day! I got a beautiful feelin' Everything's goin' my way.
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Soundtrack:
The Farmer and the CowmanSee more »

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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The sexiest film of the 1950's, 25 December 2003
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

`Oklahoma' is the sexiest film of the 1950s. The film is all about sex, (well, it's about romance, as well, but what does that lead to?). Curley keeps finding different ways to woo Laurie. Jud, who lives in a dug-out surrounded by pictures of naked women, has plans for her, too. Will and Ado Annie have plans of their own, if they can ever stop both their wandering eyes. Annie's father knows what they are up to and figures to use his shot gun to set things right. Those spyglasses with the interesting pictures keep showing up. Women dance around in their underwear and we visit a dance hall where they are similarly dressed except for the colors. Finally there is Laurie's skinny dipping sequence. I assume Shirley Jones had a flash-colored bathing suit, but who knows? Deep Throat isn't any more about sex than this film is. Yet it's Rogers and Hammerstein so it's shown constantly as a family film. Well, I guess that's how families get made!

Other comments: I see nothing in the choreography that Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones couldn't have done, at least in the close-ups. We see Rod Steiger in the dream sequence and to see two other faces as Laurie and Curly kind of shatter the illusion.

While many sequences are clearly shot on a sound stage, the beautiful outdoors photography in Todd-AO adds so much to the spectacle. When I saw the recent tape of a British stage play of this, it had no where near the impact and this was one of the reasons.

Another was the casting, which was dead-on perfect. Gordon McRae is the picture of the singing cowboy, (which was not a Hollywood invention). He more than holds his own with Rod Steiger, a year after Steiger was holding his won with Brando. Shirley Jones is the image of Laurie. She has all the physical endowments of a Marilyn Monroe but with the added qualities of sweetness and intelligence that make her marvelously sexy and appealing. Steiger gives the piece dramatic weight. He also shows surprising singing ability, (this site says he had an operatic voice but no sense of key), Gloria Grahame is the ideal Ado Annie. I saw a clip of Celeste Holm, of whom I am a big fan, doing `I Can't Say No' on the Ed Sullivan show. She doesn't hold a candle to Grahame, who underplays the lines but has the sex coming out of her eyes, right along with the innocence. Gene Nelson is a wonderfully easy going dancing cowpoke and his songs with Ado Annie have unending charm. Charlotte Greenwood is a wonder as Aunt Eller, all arms and legs and home spun philosophy. James Whitmore makes a meal of shotgun toting Dad. Eddie Albert has one of his best roles as Ali Hakim. It's hard to imagine anyone being better in these roles.

Of course, Roger's and Hammerstein's music and lyrics are timeless. The title tune, `Oh What Beautiful Morning `, `Surrey With the Fringe on Top', `People Will Say We're in Love', `Everything's Up-to-Date in Kansas City', `I can't Say No', and the others keep playing in your memory long after you've heard them.

But that story, (you can't really call it a plot). Have you ever seen a musical like it?

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