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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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This ranks as my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein See more (74 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?

The musical "Carousel" was adapted from Ferenc Molnar's 1909 play "Liliom". Instead of the original Budapest setting of Molnar's play, Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) transformed the story's location to a New England fishing village.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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
This ranks as my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein, 3 April 2001
Author: mark.waltz from New York City

For years, I searched for this film on TV, plus the old Magnetic video copy released during the late 1970's. However, other than the occasional pay channel, it was never on. Local channels would play all of the other Rodgers and Hammerstein films, but this one was not one of them for some reason. I had heard the score before. It was perhaps Rodgers and Hammerstein's most RECORDED score. There were two major Broadway cast albums, both starring John Raitt, as well as a variety of studio-recorded albums. It was even done for TV in the 1960's with Robert Goulet, a version I hope eventually will be released. The score is one of the most beautiful to listen to, and the lyrics are inspiring. The movie leads, Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, are perfectly cast, and their singing voices beautifully fill the roles. They are even better in this than they were in "Oklahoma!". As Julie's best friend, Carrie, Barbara Ruick is a perfect contrast to Jones' innocent Julie. She is unintentionally flirtatious, yet not "easy" like Gloria Grahame's Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!". Those two roles are very similar in the sense that they are both the second leads with a comic twist, but I found Ruick's Carrie more developed character wise. As her leading man, Robert Rouseville's Mr. Snow can seem a bit stuffy, but his character is a product of his times: quietly macho, not in the romantic sense, but that a girl like Carrie simply wanting a home and family would be perfect for him. Cameron Mitchell's Jigger Crane, the "Jud Fry" of the story, comes on as a some-what light-hearted villain; it is his actions which will ultimately affect the destinies of our lovers Julie and Billy. As the pricklish Mrs. Mullins, owner of the carousel, delightful Audrey Christie was perfectly shrewish. Finally, as the sweet and wise Aunt Nettie, Claramae Turner was wonderful as the musical's voice of reason, a role often scene in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Her rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" is unforgettable.

It is totally believable that Julie and Billy would fall for each other. They are both attractive young adults. Yes, he did beat her, and she stayed with him in spite of this. This was the 1870's, and women did stay with the men they loved in spite of things like this. One of the reasons things like this are important to be seen today is to show how far women have come. In the man-dominated New England of that time, women were secondary citizens, so it is realistic to portray Julie in this light. Sad yes, but a part of history.

The New England sets are breath-taking, particularly during the "June is Bustin' Out All Over" number, and in the climactic clambake. They are beautifully photographed, making the film mesmerizing to look at. Between the sumptuous singing of MacRae and Jones and the wonderful cinemascope technicolor, the film is simply outstanding. I find it hard to find any faults with this film, and could simply watch it over and over.

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