Fred Zinnemann (1955)

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This rousing film version of the massively influential and, in its day, revolutionary Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical preserves both the magnificent songs and the key Agnes DeMille choreography. The location photography is stunning, particularly in the Oh, What a Beautiful Morning opening sequence, where the corn really does look as high as an elephant's eye in the then new 65mm Todd-AO screen process. (A CinemaScope version was filmed simultaneously and it is that which usually plays on TV.) Heading the notable cast is the underrated Gordon MacRae as a finely shaded romantic Curly, while Shirley Jones, in her film debut, is superb as Laurey. If Rod Steiger is a shade morose and out of kilter, well, so is his character Jud Fry. Director Fred Zinnemann, much in demand after From Here to Eternity, can't quite manage the pizzazz the movie really needs, and he seriously messes up the stirring title number. But there's still much to enjoy here.


A farm girl is torn between two very different suitors - a charming cowboy wandering through the territory and a brooding farmhand with a dark side to his nature. Meanwhile, another cattle driver has finally raised enough money to marry his sweetheart, only to find he has a rival. Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Western, with Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Rod Steiger. Songs include Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' and I Cain't Say No.

Cast & Crew

Curly Gordon MacRae
Laurey Shirley Jones
Jud Fry Rod Steiger
Ado Annie Gloria Grahame
Will Parker Gene Nelson
Ali Hakim Eddie Albert
Carnes James Whitmore
Gertie Barbara Lawrence
Skidmore Jay C Flippen
Marshal Roy Barcroft
Dream Curly James Mitchell
Dream Laurey Bambi Linn
Director Fred Zinnemann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 25 Aug 2006
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