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Henry King (1956)

123min
U Certificate
Monday 6:15am - 8:30am Sky Cinema Drama & Romance
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Review

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Immaculately cast and filmed in part on glorious Maine locations, this is a marvellous screen version of what is arguably Rodgers and Hammerstein's finest Broadway show. Some may find this tale of a reprobate's return to Earth to look out for his daughter arch in the extreme, but it is a tribute to the superb score and sensitive handling of the material that the film is moving. Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, reunited after Oklahoma!, have the roles of their lives as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, with their performance of If I Loved You a highlight, though they're done no favours by Henry King's static direction. However, the spirited June Is Bustin' Out All Over more than compensates.

Summary

A criminal struggling to support his pregnant wife dies during a botched armed robbery, but is given the chance to return to life 15 years later to help his family and teach his daughter a valuable lesson. Adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick and Gene Lockhart.

Cast & Crew

Billy Bigelow Gordon MacRae
Julie Shirley Jones
Jigger Cameron Mitchell
Carrie Barbara Ruick
Starkeeper Gene Lockhart
Mrs Mullin Audrey Christie
Nettie Claramae Turner
Mr Snow Robert Rounseville
Director Henry King
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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