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Oklahoma! (1955)

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_1955Oklahoma! 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).

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5 comments on “Oklahoma! (1955)

  1. Klaus
    10/29/2016

    The sequel Jud vs. Candyman

  2. Thomas Sørensen
    10/29/2016

    Jud may be the villain but Laurie is the most despicable character here. I felt truly sorry for Jud… until he started burning the place down.

    • Klaus
      10/30/2016

      Though her actions were terrible, I saw her largely oblivious to her situation. I felt sorry for Jud until his discussion with Curly, and I realized where his head was at. Overall, not a very likable movie, despite all of the the singing and dancing and corny humor.

  3. Chris, a librarian
    11/02/2016

    Our community theater put on a production of Oklahoma! just last year. One advantage of the film version to any stage version is the wonderful photography of the waad open spaces!

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