Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones star in this classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In sunny Oklahoma, cowboy Curly (MacRae) has fallen madly in love with local girl Laurey (Jones), but ever the good girl, Laurey plays hard-to-get, even after he asks her to the box social. When lonely farmhand Jud Fry (Rod Steiger) also asks Laurey to the social, she agrees to go with him in an effort to make Curley jealous. After Jud realises that Laurey is really in love with Curley, his anger gets the better of him and chaos ensues. The cast also includes Gloria Grahame as Ado Annie, Gene Nelson as Will Parker, Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Eller and Eddie Albert as Ali Hakim.
The hit Broadway musical from the 1940s gets a lavish if not always exciting workout in this 1955 film version directed by old lion Fred Zinnemann (High Noon). Gordon MacRae brings his sterling voice to the role of cowboy Curly and Shirley Jones plays Laurie, the object of his affection. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "People Will Say We're in Love", and Agnes DeMille provides the buoyant choreography. Among the supporting cast, Gloria Grahame is memorable as Ado Annie, the "girl who cain't say no", and Rod Steiger overdoes it as the villainous Jud. --Tom Keogh
--This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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