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Carousel (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Musical  |  16 February 1956 (USA)
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Billy Bigelow has been dead for fifteen years, and now outside the pearly gates, he long waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. But he has heard that there is a problem with his ... See full summary »

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In purgatory for his role in a botched bank robbery, former carnival barker Billy Bigelow (Jackman) is sent back to his old life to for one day, where he's to fix the problems he left behind.

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Billy Bigelow has been dead for fifteen years, and now outside the pearly gates, he long waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. But he has heard that there is a problem with his family, namely his wife Julie Bigelow née Jordan and the child he never met, that problem with which he would now like to head back to Earth to assist in rectifying. Before he is allowed back to Earth, he has to get the OK from the gatekeeper, to who he tells his story... Immediately attracted to each other, he and Julie met when he worked as a carousel barker. Both stated to the other that they did not believe in love or marriage, but they did get married. Because the shrewish carousel owner, Mrs. Mullin, was attracted to Billy herself, and since she believed he was only of use as a barker if he was single to attract the young women to the carousel, she fired him. With no other job skills and unwilling to take just any job, Billy did not provide for Julie but rather lived off Julie's Aunt Nettie. But... Written by Huggo

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20th Century-Fox proudly presents the first motion picture in the new CINEMASCOPE 55 See more »

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16 February 1956 (USA)  »

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel  »

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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (premiere only)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

For the film's premiere screening, a "double system" was used - that is, the film, projected at a 2.55:1 ratio, was shown in a reduction print, but the 6-track stereo soundtrack, which would not have fit on a reduction print, was played on a separate magnetic strip of film. See more »

Goofs

The story is set in the years 1873 - 1888, yet Billy uses the term "midway" while describing the scene around the carousel. This definition of "midway", referring to the area of a circus or carnival containing sideshows and other amusements, was coined during the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 to refer to the area of tawdry exhibits located on a narrow strip of land connecting Jackson and Washington Parks which was called "Midway Plaisance". The term "midway" would not have been used in reference to a carnival or circus prior to 1893. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Heavenly Friend: Bigelow...
Billy Bigelow: [impatiently] Well, what'd I do now?
Heavenly Friend: Nothing. I just thought you'd wanna know - there's trouble.
Billy Bigelow: Huh! Thought you said I didn't do nothin'.
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Crazy Credits

A star hurtles downward and explodes in mid-air; out of this appears the credit "Twentieth-Century Fox presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Carousel'". The other credits all appear in a straightforward fashion. See more »

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Spoofed in Animaniacs: Clown and Out/Bubba Bo Bob Brain (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

What's the Use of Wond'rin'
(1945) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Shirley Jones and Chorus
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The very finest of Rodgers and Hammerstein!
1 January 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The film of this classic musical is a joy to watch and listen to.

The music is undoubtedly the finest Rodgers and Hammerstein

score.

Of the many fine moments in the film two astounding highlights

must be Billy's Soliloquy and the Shirley Jones' and Gordon

MacRae's lover's duet "If I loved you".

To this is added two great ballet sequences "June is Bustin' out all

Over" and Louise's ballet.

The film is Rogers and Hammerstein at their most dark and

introspective, which may account for the film's relatively lacklustre

reception at the time of its initial release but the at the same time

explains the ongoing appeal of this truly timeless classic film.

It is a fine memorial to both composer and lyricist and to the

artistry of Gordon MacRae whose performance of the soliloquy is

the benchmark against which all performances are judged.

The film was produced in Cinemascope 55 a large film fomat

which overcame many of the problems that were inherent in early

Cinemascope films (even though the film was actually released

only in standard 35mm form ..a bit like a 35mm print of a 70mm

film this still results in a far better image) and gives the film its

immaculate look.

The Fox DVD is crisp and the sound, though very clearly a 1950s

recording is clean and well balanced.

I just wish I could see this film in a cinema on the biggest of

screens... it would be an even more special experience!


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