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Release Date:
16 February 1956 (USA) See more »
20th-Century Fox proudly presents [Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL] See more »
Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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excellent Rodgers and Hammerstein musical See more (85 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gordon MacRae ... Billy Bigelow

Shirley Jones ... Julie Jordan

Cameron Mitchell ... Jigger Craigin
Barbara Ruick ... Carrie Pipperidge
Claramae Turner ... Cousin Nettie
Robert Rounseville ... Mr. Enoch Snow

Gene Lockhart ... Starkeeper / Dr. Selden

Audrey Christie ... Mrs. Mullin

Susan Luckey ... Louise Bigelow
William LeMassena ... Heavenly Friend (as William Le Massena)

John Dehner ... Mr. Bascombe
Jacques d'Amboise ... Louise's 'Starlight Carnival' Dancing Partner (as Jacques D'Amboise)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Banas ... Ruffian in Louise's Ballet (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Third Policeman (uncredited)
Drusilla Davis ... Girl at Clambake (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... First Policeman (uncredited)
Marion Dempsey ... Sword Swallower (uncredited)
Harrison Dowd ... Clem (uncredited)
Bill Foster ... Man at Clambake / Dancer (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Second Policeman (uncredited)
Lili Gentle ... Young Girl #1 (uncredited)
Cheryl Holdridge ... Young Girl #2 (uncredited)
Larry Johns ... School Principal (uncredited)
Harry C. Johnson ... Juggler (uncredited)

Tor Johnson ... Strong Man (uncredited)
Bambi Linn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
Mary Orozco ... Fat Woman (uncredited)

Dee Pollock ... Enoch Snow Jr. (uncredited)

Angelo Rossitto ... Midget (uncredited)
William Sharon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sylvia Stanton ... Contortionist (uncredited)
Dolores Starr ... Snow's Daughter (uncredited)
Frank Tweddell ... Capt. Watson (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron (screenplay)

Oscar Hammerstein II (book by)

Ferenc Molnár (from the musical play based on "Liliom" by)

Benjamin Glazer (adapted by) (as Benjamin F. Glazer)

Produced by
Henry Ephron .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds (film editor)
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Mary Wills (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Special Effects by
Pat Patterson .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Rose .... additional grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charle Le Maire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Ken Darby .... associate: to Alfred Newman
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Oscar Hammerstein II .... lyrics by
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Nelson Riddle .... orchestrator
Richard Rodgers .... music by
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
John Williams .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Rod Alexander .... choreographer
Agnes de Mille .... choreographer: Louise's ballet derived from the original by (as Agnes De Mille)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel" - USA (complete title)
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128 min
Color (CinemaScope 55)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 6-Track Stereo (premiere only) | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (cable rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:G | Finland:K-8 | New Zealand:G | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17724) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Shirley Jones has said that of all of her musicals, "Carousel" is her favorite Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Jigger (Cameron Mitchell) first talks to Billy (Gordon MacRae) about a robbery, the sound of an outboard motor can faintly be heard in the harbor.See more »
[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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You'll Never Walk AloneSee more »


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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
excellent Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, 15 November 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This is the musical which gave Gordon MacRae his greatest solo song, namely the 7 minutes long "Soliloquy", in which Billy the circus barker speculates about his unborn child, first with bluster and pride if it is a boy, and then with insecurity and despair if it is a girl he can't buy things for. Billy, as we have seen in the opening sequence of the film, is telling his story to one of the angels in heaven, where he has gone after a violent and premature death. So we see his tale unfold, as he meets pretty little Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones, excellent), marries her, and through fate and bad luck, gets separated from her.

The subject matter is darker than Oklahoma (the film version of which also starred MacRae and Jones) but the sheer exuberance of songs such as "June is Bustin' Out All Over"; "A Real Nice Clambake"; "When The Children Are Asleep" and "If I Loved You", plus of course the best-known song from the show, "You'll Never Walk Alone" takes the story to another level and makes this film enjoyable to watch. Robert Rounsville makes a fine bombastic Mr Snow and has a fabulous voice; MacRae and Jones have their memorable duet to the lovely melody of Rodgers' score. There is also an excellent dance sequence, not as extensive as on stage, but still effective, where the daughter of Billy and Julie imagines an escape from her lonely and ostracised life.

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