In beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma (their first brought to the screen), an adorable 19-year-old Jones, in her screen debut, must choose a suitor to accompany her to a social, the riotous cowboy (Gordon MacRae) or the brooding farm hand (Rod Steiger). From this simple scenario develops humor, fighting, dancing (including a breakthrough dream sequence choreographed by Agnes De Mille), and singing.
The entire production was filmed twice, with one take for the new Todd A-O format and one for the regular CinemaScope aspect ratio. Includes the enduring songs “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Oklahoma!” and many more.
Oklahoma! was partially shot on location not in its titular state, but near Nogales, Arizona. The field of corn “as high as an elephant’s eye” was planted there a full year before filming began.
Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Cinematography; Best Editing.
Gordon MacRae as Curly McLain
Gloria Grahame as Ado Annie Carnes
Gene Nelson as Will Parker
Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Eller
Shirley Jones as Laurey Williams
Eddie Albert as Ali Hakim
James Whitmore as Andrew Carnes
Rod Steiger as Jud Fry
Barbara Lawrence as Gertie Cummings
Jay C. Flippen as Skidmore
Roy Barcroft as Marshal
James Mitchell as Dream Curly / Dancer
Bambi Linn as Dream Laurey / Dancer
Jennie Workman as Dancer
Virginia Bosler as Dancer
Director: Fred Zinneman
Screenplay: Sonya Levien, William Ludwig
Producer: Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Director of Photography: Robert Surtees
Composers: Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers
Production Designer: Oliver Smith
Choreographer: Agnes De Mille
USA / Studio: Twentieth Century Fox / Year of Release: 1957 / Duration: 145 minutes