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Oklahoma! -- Set in the Oklahoma Territory in the early 1900's, this joyous celebration of frontier life is a story of tender romance and dangerous passion. Gordon MacRae is Curly, a sunny, good-natured ranch hand, and Shirley Jones is Laurey Williams, the farmer's daughter he loves. Rod Steiger is he menacing Jud, who tries to comes between them. The first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration, this Academy Award winner for Best Score features the classic songs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "People Will Say We're In Love."


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Release Date:
9 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »
Complete...Intact...with Every Scene...Every Song! (general release CinemaScope version) See more »
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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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  (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)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Singer / dancer (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)

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)
Gregory Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
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)
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist: 2014 restoration (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)
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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145 min
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)
Argentina:Atp | 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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2007, the centennial year of Oklahoma's statehood.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Will Parker is giving Ado Annie the "Oklahoma Hello," you can see a camera shadow as it pushes in on their kiss.See more »
[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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35 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A great movie, but the dancers get no respect, 11 April 2006
Author: nevkid12 ( from Arizona, United States

Since I'm a Newbie and go into detail on some the dance routines, I'm stating that there may be spoilers here just to cover myself.

Being afflicted with little coordination or a reliable short-term memory, I've developed a great respect, if not admiration for anyone who is or aspires to be a dancer, since those qualities are essential.

I used to attend the Solid Gold shows and marveled at how those dancers were expected to pick up complicated steps on the first take, repeat the routine time and time again until the director was happy, and then show lots of first-take energy. One dancer told me they always had swollen and sometimes bloody feet after the show. But at least they were always properly credited. I have no doubt that it's the same for the stage and screen dancers except that in so many cases they are treated as a throwaway commodity when it comes time to the credits.

Although "Oklahoma" is one of my all-time favorites, it is a classic example of the latter. In earlier viewings, I had noticed/liked/wondered about that perky little blonde dancer who has a crush on Will (Gene Nelson) and her almost-prominent presence in all of the dance routines. Being laid up with a broken foot gave me time to scan IMDBs comments and message board quotes for this movie, which prompted me to take a detailed, and in some cases a frame-by-frame look at this dancer's performances.

Well, leisurely dissecting her work in freeze-frame and slo-mo, you suddenly discover what a talented little gem this girl is (apparently Jennie Workman, but how can we be sure? - Updated 07/24/06 - Nope, it turns out she's Lizanne Truex). She first appears, and immediately establishes a stand-out presence as an infatuated-with-Will teenager in "Everything's Up To Date In Kansas City". At one point in the "ragtime" routine, she kicks so high she knocks off Will's hat -- and he is not a short guy. I thought he used the old trick of snapping his head back, but no, that little gal kicks her foot up as high or higher than her head with a disciplined precision (how many takes for that one?). Her disapproving look at Will's horse (who nuzzled him) typifies a little girl pique. Check out her adoring looks at Will while dancing with him as compared to her partner, who seemed concentrating on the steps. When the girls race with Will to the train, her arm-swinging energy makes it look like the start of a 100-yard dash. Freeze-frame caught her extra little toe-heel-toe step just before she jumped on the train – a nice professional flourish that I don't think was choreographed as her partner, who usually danced in unison, didn't perform.

Then there was her performance in "Many a New Day". First it was a how-can-I-fix-my-hair primping before a mirror followed by a hair-fluffing attention-getter and a dreamy head-in-arms swoon that personifies a young girl in love. At the end of the routine, when the dancers all fall to the floor around Laurey, she assumes a contorted position with such a fluid and graceful movement that you wonder if she has any bones.

In the early part of Laurey's (Shirley Jones) dream sequence, she shyly presents a bouquet of flowers to Dream Curly (James Mitchell) and when he accepts, she flashes such a winsome smile that it squeezes your heart. Dagnabbit, I'm in love -- and with a 50-year-old image at that! Follow her around in the "Farmers and Ranchers" bit and notice how she's not just acting, but having REAL fun -- by-God-enjoying every minute of it and probably thinking "And to think they're paying me to do this!"). There's a notably cute bit where she bounces up on Will's hip, seemingly light as a feather, and then rewards him with a very ladylike curtsy.

In "All er Nuthin" she and her partner come out and do some fancy high-stepping and strutting around Will and when he gives her girlfriend a peck on the lips, she does a great arms-akimbo pouting look of HMMMPH! This little lady consistently gives a great professional account of herself throughout the film both as an actress and a dancer. She has spot-on timing and always seems to kick a little higher and express a little more verve and elan than the others.

And for all this she gets a generic "Dancer" in the film credits!!! They could at least have said "Perky Little Blonde Teenager" or "Foxy Teenage Blonde Infatuated with Will". Heck, I'd even settle for "Young Girl No. 1". At least you would have been pointed in the right direction. Shame on whomever was responsible, for this little lady had lots of potential and in my opinion, her subsequent absence was a loss to the trade. Evidently this was her only film and biographical info on her is non-existent. All the other Internet movie references for her appear to be taken from IMDBs database. Perhaps she was so disgusted at the lack of recognition that she quit the business. Then again, I'd like to think some smart (as in lucky) guy married her soon after and by now she has lots of grandchildren.

In any event, I pass on a "Well Done and I wish I could have seen more of you" to her, wherever she is. It's the least I could do for someone who owns part of my heart. In keeping with IMDb's restriction on URLs, check out my tribute to her by clicking on nevkid12's name in the message board's reply to "Who are the 2 dancers?".

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