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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:
OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE... See more (89 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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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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Trivia:
Finding "corn as high as an elephant's eye" proved to be quite a challenge. Since filming was to take place out of season, no tall cornfields were to be found anywhere. The job was given to the people of the University of Arizona Agricultural Department, who planted each stalk in individual containers and held their breath. With rain and good luck, the corn grew to a height of 16 feet, causing Oscar Hammerstein to quip: "The corn is now as high as the eye of an elephant on top of another elephant."See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When the words "The End" appear a square section of the sky/clouds directly behind "The" suddenly moves upward.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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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE..., 28 January 2001
Author: wrdiggs (wrdiggs@cox.net) from Chesapeake, Virginia

After seeing OKLAHOMA! on the screen in Todd-AO for the first time 44 years ago, it immediately became my all-time favorite film. Today, it still holds that lofty ranking.

The beautiful Rodgers & Hammerstein score includes some of the greatest music ever written. The two collaborated on nine broadway musicals, many of which were adapted to the screen, notably CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, but OKLAHOMA! tops them all.

Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are perfectly cast as the young couple experiencing the magic of first love, and their singing of some of the show's classic tunes, such as "Surry With the Fringe On Top" and "People Will Say We're In Love" is a pleasure to listen to.

Miss Jones, making her screen debut as Laurie Williams, instantly establishes her image of the "girl next door"--did I grow up in the wrong neighborhood? She is captivatingly charming as she tries to make Curly (MacRae) jealous by accepting a date to the box social with her Aunt Eller's hired farmhand, Jud Fry, played menacingly by Rod Steiger.

It is the supporting cast of characters that really bring this musical to life--particularly Aunt Eller, played by Charlotte Greenwood. Doesn't everyone have an Aunt Eller in their life? Then there's Ado Annie Carnes (Gloria Grahame) and her longsuffering boyfriend Will Parker (Gene Nelson), who lights up the screen with a great dance number. Throw in a travelling salesman, Ali Hakim (Eddie Albert); Gertie Cummings (Barbara Lawrence), who tries to steal Curly away from Laurie; and Mr. Carnes (James Whitmore), who insists on a shotgun wedding for his daughter, Ado Annie, rather than see her marry Will; and you have some unforgettable characters indeed.

The film's one dissenting note was the class distinction warfare between the handsome, clean-cut Curly, who everyone knows "Laurie has her cap set fer" and the rough and dirty, working-class Jud. Jud meets his untimely end, but, after all, he is the villain.

Not to fear, it's a happy ending for all. Curly gets Laurie, Will gets Ado Annie, and Ali Hakim gets....Gertie? When Ado Annie and Gertie get into a jealous fight which Will attempts to break up, explaining "I'm trying to keep Ado Annie from killing your wife", Ali Hakim responds, "Why don't you mind your own business?" In the end, the farmer and the cowman do learn to get along and become friends, the new schoolhouse gets built, and the Oklahoma territory is about to become a state.

OKLAHOMA! won two Oscars, for Best Sound Recording and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. How could they go wrong with great orchestral direction by Robert Russell Bennett and the musical score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II? The American theatre will never see their equal again.

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