Oklahoma! (1955)



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Movie Info

Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical was considered revolutionary for a multitude of reasons, not least of which were the play's intricate integration of song and storyline, and the simplicity and austerity of its production design. The 1955 film version of Oklahoma! retains the songs (except for Lonely Room and It's a Scandal!, which are usually cut from most stage presentations anyway) and the story, but the simplicity is sacrificed to the spectacle of Technicolor, Todd-AO, and … More

Rating: G
Genre: Western, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lynn Riggs, Oscar Hammerstein, Sonya Levien, William Ludwig
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 1999
Samuel Goldwyn Company


as Will Parker

as Ado Annie

as Ali Hakim

as Jud Fry

as Marshal

as Dream Curly

as Dream Laurey

as Dancer

as Cowboy at Train Depo...

as Young cowboy at box ...
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Critic Reviews for Oklahoma!

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

The wide screen used for the Todd-AO process adds production scope and visual grandeur, capturing a vista of blue sky and green prairie that can be breathtaking.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

The film heaves and sputters from one indifferently rendered number to the next.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

My favourite is the odd cast singing 'The Farmer and the Cowman should be friends', a sentiment I have long believed in.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is so richly layered that multiple viewings become compulsive -- you think it's all there in front of you, but every time you revisit it, you notice something more, and finish with a desire to go back again.

December 13, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A full-bodied Oklahoma! has been brought forth in this film to match in vitality, eloquence and melody any musical this reviewer has ever seen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The wrong director, Fred Zinnemann, who doesn't have any sense for the genre, was assigned to this musical, but the tunes are glorious.

Full Review… | April 11, 2011

Audience Reviews for Oklahoma!

Superior filming of great R&H musical with Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae ideally cast in the leads. They share a great chemistry but even better their voices blend beautifully together on the top notch score. Gloria Grahame was considered miscast at the time as Ado Annie due to her supremacy as a film noir fixture but she is charmingly coquettish and addlepated. However she was apparently a terror to work with on the picture engendering the animosity of cast and crew and damaging her reputation and career which never fully recovered. Eddie Albert and Charlotte Greenwood provide nice bits of humor as Ali Hakim and Aunt Eller with Rod Steiger is a terrifically dark and menacing Jud Fry. Highly stylized this has gorgeous production and costume design all filmed in widescreen Todd-AO and Technicolor, a fantastic entertainment of the type that Hollywood has forgotten how to make.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The classic western musical. First of all I don't like westerns and second I'm not a big fan of musicals (I only like certain ones). So, I didn't enjoy this movie. It's not a bad movie, I think it's good that they mixed the genres (it's also a romantic comedy), I just didn't care for it.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

yes i admit i love this movie. shot on location... in arizona!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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