Oklahoma!

OKLAHOMA! (U)
D: Fred Zinnemann
Magna (Arthur Hornblow, Jr.)
US 1955
143 mins

Musical/Western

W: Sonya Levien & William Ludwig [based on the musical by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II; play 'Green Grow The Rushes' by Lynn Riggs]
DP: Robert Surtees
Ed: Gene Ruggiero & George Boemler
Mus: Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton & Adolph Deutsch; Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Gordon MacRae (Curly), Shirley Jones (Laurey), Rod Steiger (Jud Fry), Gloria Grahame (Ado Annie), Charlotte Greenwood (Aunt Eller), Gene Nelson (Will Parker), Eddie Albert (Ali Hakim)

As with most of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, they have their target audience and anyone who falls either side of it probably won't enjoy them, there are some exceptions to the rule, but Oklahoma is a particularly trying film is you're not a fan of the songwriters' other works.

This set-bound adaptation of the stage play sees a group of ranch hands vie for the attentions of a beautiful woman, all through the medium of song & dance.

Nowhere near as memorable as the songwriters other works, with only a few songs which people will remember.

Of course, if you don't like the old style musical you won't enjoy this at all. (I didn't enjoy this at all).

5/10

Gordon MacRae in Oklahoma!
Gordon MacRae in Oklahoma!