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Oklahoma! (1955)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 6 September 1956 (UK)
In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Sonya Levien (screen play), William Ludwig (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon MacRae ... Curly McLain
Gloria Grahame ... Ado Annie Carnes
Gene Nelson ... Will Parker
Charlotte Greenwood ... Aunt Eller
Shirley Jones ... Laurey Williams
Eddie Albert ... Ali Hakim
James Whitmore ... Andrew Carnes
Rod Steiger ... Jud Fry
Barbara Lawrence ... Gertie Cummings
Jay C. Flippen ... Skidmore
Roy Barcroft ... Marshal
James Mitchell ... Dream Curly / Dancer
Bambi Linn Bambi Linn ... Dream Laurey / Dancer
Jennie Workman Jennie Workman ... Dancer
Virginia Bosler Virginia Bosler ... Dancer
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Storyline

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with a violent ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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The best loved musical of our time! (first run Todd-AO version) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Oklahoma See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (CinemaScope version) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Finding "corn as high as an elephant's eye" proved to be quite a challenge. Since filming was to take place out of season, no tall cornfields were to be found anywhere. The job was given to the people of the University of Arizona Agricultural Department, who planted each stalk in individual containers and held their breath. With rain and good luck, the corn grew to a height of 16 feet, causing Oscar Hammerstein to quip: "The corn is now as high as the eye of an elephant on top of another elephant." See more »

Goofs

In the early scenes at Aunt Eller's, the corn disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Curly: [singing] There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, There's a bright golden haze on the meadow. The corn is as high as a elephant's eye, And it looks like it's climbin' clear up to the sky. Oh, what a beautiful mornin', Oh, what a beautiful day! I got a beautiful feelin' Everything's goin' my way.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical versions -- The Todd-AO 70mm version and the CinemaScope 35mm version are completely different, with different opening credits, each scene being shot twice and with different sound mixes. In the Todd-AO version, the titles appear against a black background; then, the black background fades out to reveal two rows of giant cornstalks, through which the camera tracks, until it finds Gordon MacRae singing "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin". In the CinemaScope version, we first see the cornstalks, the camera tracks through them; then, as the words "Rodgers and Hammerstein present" appear on-screen, Gordon MacRae appears and rides up to the camera and then past it off left, as the title "Oklahoma!" appears. The rest of the opening credits in this version are shown against, first, a background of a barn, then, a meadow with a tree nearby. As the credits end, the camera cuts back to MacRae and he begins singing. At the end of the Todd-AO version, we see the words "Distributed by Magna". At the end of the CinemaScope version, we see the words "Distributed by RKO Pictures". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Friends: The One Where Emma Cries (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
(1943) (uncredited)
(Finale)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, and Chorus
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Nice, Old-Fashioned Fillm But Too Long
25 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I really liked the first part of this movie, with all the famous songs and great color that looks even better on DVD....and just a great feel of old-fashioned wholesomeness.

The rest of the film doesn't live up to that first part as the songs aren't as good and the thin storyline is stretched out too long. They didn't need to make this 145 minutes. Two hours would have been plenty.

The story is just about two romances: the main "contest:" Gordon McCrae and Rod Steiger both vying for Shirley Jones, and the minor one with Gloria Grahame and two suitors. Grahame, with her humor as "Ado Annie Carnes" is the best character in the film, at least to me. Eddie Albert also chips in with some humor as the "peddler" and Charlotte Greenwood was good as "Aunt Eller."

Jones and McCrae are about as "All-American" as you can get and Steiger is the lone "villain" of the film. The most colorful segment of the movie was the dream scene that featured a great set. The dancing didn't do much for me, but the bright colors sure did.

Overall, a refreshing nice old-fashioned musical and a visual treat as well. If it's a little long, well, so be it.


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