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Carmen Jones (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 28 October 1954 (USA)
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Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Joe
... Carmen Jones
... Frankie
Olga James ... Cindy Lou
Joe Adams ... Husky Miller
... Sergeant Brown (as Broc Peters)
... Rum Daniels
Nick Stewart ... Dink Franklin
... Myrt
LeVern Hutcherson ... Joe (voice) (as Le Vern Hutcherson)
Marilyn Horne ... Carmen Jones (voice) (as Marilynn Horne)
Marvin Hayes ... Husky Miller (voice)
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Storyline

At an all-black army camp, civilian parachute maker and "hot bundle" Carmen Jones is desired by many of the men. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Going after him, she succeeds only in getting him into the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble approaches for both of them. Songs from the Bizet opera with modernized lyrics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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28 October 1954 (USA)  »

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Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Filming commenced on 30 June 1954 and wrapped up in early August. The soundtrack for the film was recorded at 20th Century Fox Studios beginning on 18 June 1954 and continuing for several weeks. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place circa 1944, but all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly 1954; when Carmen & Frankie are talking outside the Chicago Pawn Shop, 1950s era automobiles passing by can clearly be seen reflected in the showcase window. See more »

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Frankie: We'll be livin' off the fatheads of the land.
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The opening credits and end title are set around a flaming rose. See more »

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Soundtracks

DAT'S LOVE
Music by Georges Bizet (Habanera)
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Dorothy Dandridge (partially dubbed by Marilyn Horne (as Marilynn Horne))
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Cant believe it took me so long
23 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

to see this amazing film. I thought Halle Berry did a great job in the Dandridge biopic, but after seeing Carmen Jones I don't know if she could do Dorothy justice. This woman was amazing in this film. she RADIATED sex appeal and I could see why her performance was groundbreaking. Otto Preminger directed and shot a beautiful film, and contemporary actors, especially black actors, should set the performances in this movie as highwater marks to shoot for. Pearl Bailey was amazing in addition to the two leads, Belafonte and Dandridge. Joe Adams as the boxer and the woman who played Cindy Lou also gave great performance.

Again to see black actors in this time period given a chance to perform a full range of characters was really amazing. In a lot of ways this film is more progressive than the drivel of black genre films coming out of Hollywood today


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