Oklahoma!

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic it is being released on DVD. Oklahoma was a success on Broadway and then was brought to the big screen going on to win 2 Academy Awards in 1955. Included are the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein (and identifiably American) songs "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" "Oklahoma", "The Surrey With the Fringe On Top", and "People Will Say We're In Love". The production values, costumes and musical numbers in the film are extravagant, but sometimes the director's, Fred Zinneman (High Noon, From Here To Eternity), pacing of the film is quite slow. At almost two and a half hours, the film seems a little long. Just like the Broadway version, the choreography by Agnes de Mille (Carousel, Romeo and Juliet) is top notch. Acting wise, it is the film debut of the future Mrs. Partridge, Shirley Jones and supporting actress Gloria Grahame as 'the girl who can't say no' steals almost every scene she is in. Rod Steiger is a little over-the-top at times as the brutal Jud. Though not the best musical brought to film, Oklahoma became an instant classic loved by every generation since the 1950s.

Laurey Williams (Shirley Jones – Grandma's Boy, Carousel) is an independent and stubborn farm girl who lives with her Aunt Eller (Charlotte Greenwood – The Gang's All Here, The Opposite Sex) in Oklahoma. Laurey's only dilemma in life is which of her two suitors she is going to choose. Farm hand Jud Fry (Rod Steiger – The Specialist, The Amityville Horror) and cowboy Curly McLain (Gordon MacRae – Tea For Two) both are pining for Laurey. Laurey really loves Curly, but she is not happy with amount of attention he pays to her. To prove that she doesn't need him Laurey agrees to go with Jud to the Box Social. This is a decision that she will regret and will cause nothing but trouble for herself and Curly. At the same time a sub-plot is happening with Laurey's best friend Ado Annie (Gloria Grahame – The Greatest Show On Earth, It's A Wonderful Life) who has a hard time saying 'no' to any man that talks sweet to her. Will Parker (Gene Nelson – Tea For Two) is a rodeo cowboy who really loves her and traveling salesman Ali Hakim (Eddie Albert – The Longest Yard, Roman Holiday) just wants to 'love' her.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Cinemascope version of Oklahoma!
-Theatrical teaser
-Sing along Karaoke subtitles
-Songs only chapter list

Disc Two:
-Todd-AO version of Oklahoma!
-Cinemascope vs. Todd-AO featurette
-"The March of Todd-AO" featurette
-"The Miracle of Todd-AO" featurette
-Vintage stage excerpts from a 1954 T.V tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein
-Sing along Karaoke subtitles
-Photo galleries: Behind the scenes, Lobby cards and Posters
-Theatrical teaser and trailer

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