Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical about a love triangle in the midst of the Oklahoma land rush is adapted to the screen featuring the enduring songs "People Will Say We're in Love," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin," "Oklahoma!" and more. Shirley Jones' debut, this panoramic film was actually shot in Arizona! Academy Award Nominations: 4. Academy Awards: Best Sound Recording and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
1955 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Recording Winner
1955 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
Gloria Grahame - American Actress
Gloria Hallward - American Actress
Richard Rodgers - Composer
Rod Steiger - American actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Rodney Stephen Steiger - American actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Eddie Albert - Oliver Wendall Douglas from TV's "Green Acres"
Edward Albert Heimberger - Oliver Wendall Douglas from TV's "Green Acres"
Charlotte Greenwood - American Supporting Actress
Oscar Hammerstein - Composer
Oliver Smith - Designer/ART. Consultant
Agnes de Mille
Shirley Jones - Oscar winning actress, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Fred Zinnemann - Director/producer
Gordon MacRae - American Singer/Actor, OKLAHOMA! (1955)
James Whitmore - American actor, GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!
Gene Nelson - American Dancer/Actor/Director
Gene Berg - American Dancer/Actor/Director
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography and father of Bruce Surtees
Sonya Levien - Screenwriter
A big, lush screen version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein hit Broadway musical. Originally presented in Todd-AO widescreen, this rousing tale of a farm girl who falls in love with a cowboy and then must fend off the advances of a villainous suitor is packed with some the most beloved tunes in American theater -- "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'!," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," and, of course, the title song "Oklahoma."
Film debut for actress Shirley Jones. Filmed in Todd-AO and Technicolor; color by Eastman. Distributed by Magna Theatre Corporation. Music conducted and supervised by Jay Blackton. The original Rodgers & Hammerstein musical was produced by The Theatre Guild. The stage production ran for more than five years on Broadway. Copyright 1955 and copyright 1983 Estate of Richard Rodgers and Estate of Oscar Hammerstein II. Copyright 1994 CBS/Fox Company. In his 1995 memoir, "My American Journey," General Colin Powell lists "Oklahoma!" as one of his favorite films.
Rating: B+ - 12/23/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.77
"...Much of this outdoor musical was literally shot outdoors, and the skies Gordon MacRae sings to look the bluest they've looked in 40 years..." - 12/09/1994 USA Today, p.3D
"[T]he lavish 1955 production almost instantly became a Great American Film Musing .A sunny explosion of classic songs, all gorgeously shot..." - 12/01/2005 Premiere, p.182