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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:
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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)

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)
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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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:
Betty Hutton turned down the role of Ado Annie, a role that could have revived her screen career. She instead chose to do a TV special called Satins and Spurs (1954) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Laurie greets the female dancers on the porch in one shot and in the next shot they are shown just getting out of their buggies and carriages.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:
Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"You're Doing Fine Oklahoma, Oklahoma OK", 5 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Back in 1957 I saw this film when it was re-released and playing as a double feature with Carousel. Talk about musical entertainment, you can't do much better than that.

With a few numbers cut, this film version of the legendary Broadway musical is a faithful adaption of the show that premiered in 1943 and set a record of 2212 performances in a five year Broadway run at the St. James Theater. Oklahoma set a host of firsts on Broadway, the first musical to have an original cast album, the first also in the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II.

Oklahoma on stage was also daring in that it had an extensive use of ballet, something unheard of for Broadway. Well, not quite because Richard Rodgers when he was writing with Lorenz Hart had Georges Balanchine do the famous Slaughter on Tenth Avenue ballet for On Your Toes.

But that was not as long as the dream ballet of Laurie that Agnes DeMille choreographed for Oklahoma. Agnes had previously choreographed Aaron Copland's composition Rodeo for a ballet and was a perfect choice for the musical with the western setting.

Would you believe that Oklahoma's origins came from a flop play by Lynn Riggs called Green Grow the Lilacs? The first person to play Curly was not Alfred Drake on stage or Gordon MacRae on film, but Franchot Tone. It's the closest the urbane Mr. Tone ever got to a western in his career. June Walker played the Laurie part in Green Grow the Lilacs that Joan Roberts did on stage and Shirley Jones did in this film. Green Grow the Lilacs ran a total of 64 performances back in 1931. But Dick Rodgers saw the musical possibilities in it.

MacRae was a proved commodity, but this was Shirley Jones's big screen debut. She followed it up with Carousel again co-starring with MacRae, just as the era of big screen musicals were ending. To some of us she's better known for singing those Rodgers&Hammerstein songs than for being the mother of the Partridge Family.

The secondary characters in the show are nicely cast with the secondary romantic triangle of Gene Nelson, Gloria Grahame, and Eddie Albert. One of the songs cut is a number called, It's a Scandal, It's an Outrage that Albert's character, peddler Ali Hakim sings. Albert did sing on stage and screen occasionally, I wish his number had stayed in. All he got out of the film as we well know is a three day bellyache.

The songs of Oklahoma are part of our national musical treasure from the opening of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning to the rousing title song almost at the very end. On stage, Oh, What a Beautiful Morning is sung off stage with a farm house setting and the Aunt Eller character, Charlotte Greenwood, sitting and churning butter. On stage MacRae is on horseback, riding through a cornfield where you can really see the corn is as high as an elephant's eye.

Rodgers&Hammerstein also gave one state in the union probably the best state song ever written at least in my humble opinion. The infectious and optimistic Oklahoma is in fact now the state song of the Sooner state. You can't sit quietly and listen and watch that number when its on, I defy anyone to.

Another big hit is People Will Say We're in Love that MacRae and Jones sing trying terribly hard to convince each other they're not crushing out. A favorite of mine has always been the ballad that Jones sings, Many A New Day to cheer herself up when MacRae hasn't asked her to the dance.

The plot of Oklahoma is slight, a couple of wholesome young people playing courting games about a dance. The problem is that the brooding hired hand of Jones and Greenwood's farm is used to make MacRae jealous. That would be Jud Fry, played with appropriate menace by Rod Steiger. The method acting Mr. Steiger stands out in this cast, but he's supposed to, because he's not really part of the community of farmers and cowmen. Among all these musical performers, Mr. Steiger proves to actually have a few nice notes in his voice as he joins MacRae singing Poor Jud is dead.

It took over ten years for Oklahoma to finally make it to the big screen. It took home Oscars for sound and musical scoring. It was well worth the wait.

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