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Carousel -- Filmed on location in a beautiful seaside village, Carousel stars Gordon MacRae as Billy Bigelow, a smooth-talking carny man who falls in love with a millworker (Shirley Jones). Tragedy strikes these star-crossed lovers, though, and their journey is not easy.  How Billy makes his way to Heaven and back again, providing love and solace to his wife and daughter, and redemption for himself, is the story of one of the most unique and powerfully uplifting musicals ever written.  With a score that includes "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," little wonder that Carousel was composer Richard Rodgers' personal favorite.
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Release Date:
16 February 1956 (USA) See more »
20th-Century Fox proudly presents [Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL] See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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3 nominations See more »
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Classic R&H Musical With Superb MacRae and Jones... See more (76 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
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
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Nelson Riddle .... orchestrator
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:PG (cable rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:G | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17724) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Two songs from the show, "You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan," as performed by Barbara Ruick and Shirley Jones, and "Blow High, Blow Low," as performed by Cameron Mitchell and a male chorus, were recorded, but do not appear in the final film. They are both included on the film soundtrack album.See more »
Anachronisms: As everyone leaves for the clambake in sailboats, we can see, for a full fifteen seconds or so, several men in one of the boats wearing very modern-looking caps and sunglasses.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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Movie Connections:
June Is Bustin' Out All OverSee more »


What is 'Carousel' about?
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Does the film justify or excuse spousal abuse?
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Classic R&H Musical With Superb MacRae and Jones..., 24 June 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's brilliant stage musical comes to the screen with most of the music intact--and what songs they are. Each one is a gem and fully integrated into the tragic storyline. Gordon MacRae stars as Billy Bigelow, the amusement park barker who tries to change his life when he marries Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones)-- with tragic results. MacRae's robust baritone is showcased in his big number, 'Soliloquy', performed at seaside with the ocean backdrop. Only occasionally is the use of stagebound sets a jarring note--but overall, the look and feel of the movie is one of genuinely moving musical drama.

Delightful performances from Barbara Ruick and Robert Rounseville as Mr. and Mrs. Snow. Their 'When The Children Are Asleep' is a charming highlight. Claramae Turner does an outstanding job on 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Cameron Mitchell is a slyly villainous Jigger. Filming of the 'June Is Bustin' Out All Over' number in Boothsbay Harbor, Maine is a production highlight and choreographer's dream.

Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are in excellent voice for 'If I Loved You'. What more could you want? An exceptional movie musical that ranks with the best of Rodgers & Hammerstein's works.

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