in about 100 words or less
US 145m, Colour
Director: Fred Zinnemann; Cast: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Charlotte Greenwood, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, James Whitmore and Eddie Albert.
Oklahoma! is an extravagant widescreen western musical based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1943 musical stage play of the same name. Thin on plot, a young woman named Laurie agrees to go to the social with a gruff farm hand named Jud, despite the fact that she is in love with Curley, a colourful singing cowboy. Standing in contrast to the lighthearted lyrics and the jaunty melodies, the film’s more dramatic moments are ridiculously dark and unexpectedly violent (Klaus Ming October 2016).