(out of 5)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical success arrives on the big screen with all its gorgeous beauty and lively songs intact.  couldn’t be cuter as Laurey Morgan, a young girl in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma (a territory on the verge of becoming a state at the time), who resists her feelings for Curley () while being harassed by the menacing (and, well, insane) Jed ().  On the side, and have a little romance in dire straits because Ado Annie (Grahame) just “cain’t say no” to any men who “talks purty” to her. All the songs are memorable, climaxing with the Act I Finale ballet sequence, probably one of the best examples of dance on film (choreographed by Agnes deMille) and the best part of the film. The music is all scored richly and to perfection, with state-of-the-art sound adding much to the overall experience.

USA, 1955

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , based on the musical play by , , from the play Green Grow The Rushes by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Awards
Best Music (Music Score of a Musical Picture) (Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton, Adolph Deutsch)
Best Sound Recording (Todd-AO Sound Department, Fred Hynes, sound director)

Best Cinematography (Colour) (Robert Surtees)
Best Film Editing (Gene Ruggiero, George Boemler)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Musical



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