I am surprised that no one seems to realize that the whole musical is about sex from beginning to end. It starts right off with the cowboys showing Aunt Eller the Little Wonder, with a naked woman pictured inside. We have the girl who "cain't say no," and her boyfriend who says their children "better look a lot like me." Jud looks at porno in the smokehouse, and stalks Laurey, peeping in her window. Ali, who gets all the funny lines, tries to get a girl to go to Catoosa with him for a weekend in a hotel. He has to marry her when her shotgun-toting father catches them. Will sings about seeing a stripper in Kansas City. This is just off the top of my head, so forgive any omissions and inaccuracies.
R&H musicals were at their best when they were about some major topic, e.g., "South Pacific" is about racism. It's like there's some conspiracy to pretend these shows are air-headed romps.
(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day!"
Released in 1955 - If nothing else - Oklahoma contains lots and lots of singing and lots and lots of dancing, too.
Photographed in beautiful Technicolour - This film's story is mostly about a cowboy, his girl, and their relationship that is strained by another suitor. It is set during the early 1900s in the wide-open country of the state of Oklahoma.
This film's highlight was the golden, baritone singing talents of the dashing, young actor, Gordon MacRae.
This film's one, big drawback was its somewhat overlong running time of 145 minutes.
VERY GOOD 1955 Hollywood film version of 1943 romantic stage musical with setting back when Oklahoma (before California, etc.) was 'the West' and does reference the historical land use conflict between cattle ranchers and farmers back when Oklahoma was in it's a pre-state territory.
Lots of fabulous scenery, dancing (two step, ragtime, and more), Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, romance, etc.
Interesting conflict between good-time Curly (Gordon MacRae) and dark character Jud (Rod Steiger).
Another fun role (one of her last) for older tall 6' vaudevillian performer Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Eller, who does get in some dance steps (she was a terrific dancer, too).
Yes, the film is a bit longish - but time, um, went a bit slower back in the Old West days - glad I watched it.
This was merely OK. Not keen on some of the casting - I'm sure there were others who were better suited to the roles, as evidenced in the IMDB trivia article. The DVD stage version starring Hugh Jackman is far better in my opinion.
The TODD AO version of this classic film is awesome. The restoration makes it look almost holographic. Amazing clarity, color and excellent audio!
This musical from the 50's is over 2 hours long. Colour was good so viewing it is a pleasure. However, you have to be in the mood for a long musical. Otherwise skip it.
Along with other such enjoyable Musicals from the 1950s (like - Show Boat, Singin' In The Rain, Damn Yankees, Lil' Abner) Oklahoma is another lively, toe-tapping production filled with memorable songs and energetic dance routines._____ Photographed in beautiful Technicolor, and set during the early 1900s in the wide-open country of the state of Oklahoma, this film's highlight was the golden, baritone singing talents of the dashing, young actor, Gordon MacRae._____ Oklahoma opens with MacRae, as the good-natured cowboy, Curly, riding on horseback, alongside a vast cornfield, while heartily singing (with absolute perfection) this film's most wonderful song "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning"._____ Oklahoma won an Oscar for "Best Music" for 1955. This film's only real drawback was its somewhat overlong running time of 145 minutes.
Skip It – Oklahoma! (1955) 145 min. One of the must see musicals of the 1950s does not hold well against the test of time. I’m not sure who actually enjoyed this film when it first came out – the songs are terrible and the dance sequences, other than the dream sequence, are uninspired. The biggest problem with this Broadway and film hit is the plot which is so thin, I was more curious to hear what the horses had to say. It was a chore to finish this one off – I reckon. Dull, dull, dull.
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