DVD - 1956
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Billy Bigelow falls in love with a millworker in a little town on the coast of Maine. Although Billy is killed during a robbery before the birth of his daughter, years later he is allowed to return to earth for one day to redeem himself- and to teach his daughter one very important lesson.
Publisher: Beverley Hills, Calif : Twentieth Fox Home Entertainment, c1956.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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✅ I enjoy this production generally, but the song, "This Was a Real Nice Clambake," is one too many.

Apr 18, 2016

GREAT 1956 Rogers & Hammerstein musical/comedy production set in seaside Maine. Interesting cast of characters and I particularly enjoyed (again) Gordon MacRae. I did just learn that originally Frank Sinatra was chosen for the role and even began filming, but they were filming both in Technicolor and advanced version Technicolor55. Apparently some scenes were actually filmed twice and Sinatra refused to be paid once for appearing in two films (according to Wikipedia).
There are several lengthy terrific choreographed dances lasting several minutes. The sailors and production in 'June Is Bustin' Out' were very good. And the near film end dance on beach featuring Billy's daughter Louise (played by Susan Luckey) and three boys was another very good one.
I've been watching all the films in the Rogers & Hammerstein Collection available from KCLS that I was too young to be interested in when they originally came out at theaters - thanks KCLS!

THUD55 May 20, 2014

I wanted to view this movie because I have enjoyed other R & H movies. this one was disappointing. the characters were not defined or shallow (what a watse of great talent=Jones and McCrae). the songs were silly and forgettable except You'll never walk alone. I thought that some of the ideas expressed in the movie were neanderthal and simplistic. the choreography was good; very energetic and gymnastic. However, it did not help the story line or connect to the plot. I fast forwarded through some of this one.

Mar 30, 2014

Wow, interesting comments for one of the great musicals of all-time. I agree that the movie does not hold up as compared to the stage versions, but generally Carousel is considered to be one of the most musically rich and groundbreaking shows in the history of Broadway.

Feb 02, 2014

Listened to the album as a child. Finally got to see the production. Very enjoyable. Whimsical production, as one should expect a carnival carousel to be. Why ride if you can't enjoy the moment and the music? I was disappointed wth the shorten version of "When the children are asleep", but very happy this version was saved to film.

May 12, 2013

this has been my favorite musical since i was 3 years old. the story is touching and music is wonderfu!!

Feb 27, 2013

From its drab start to its dreadful finish, Carousel (which, after its first 20 minutes, had nothing to do with a carousel) was an atrociously bad and easily forgettable Musical/Fantasy/Romance._____ The story sucked, the songs stank, the characters boring, and at 2 hours, 10 minutes in length it seemed to go on, mindlessly, forever._____ Released in 1956, this colorful, big-budget Rodgers & Hammerstein extravaganza totally wasted the talents of its 2 lead actors/singers, Gordon MacRae & Shirley Jones._____ My sound advice - Don't waste your time with this dud!

May 26, 2011

A strange, stumbling, negative plot, a "hero" with big social problems. Maybe useful as a study in inability to get along with the world. Not pleasant. The heroine, and the famous musical numbers, are in stark angelic contrast. A 10 minute ballet scene is again a disconnected contrast. Strange film.

Jan 21, 2010

Skip It - Carousel (1956) 128 min. Rogers and Hammerstein’s 2th musical adapted to film is a drag from beginning to end with uninspired characters and terrible musical numbers. Ugh. It stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

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