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Oklahoma! (1955)

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Rodgers and Hammerstein revolutionised the stage musical with this when it hit Broadway in the 1940s- a properly integrated production with serious drama as the basis. After making the huge hit From Here to Eternity, director Fred Zinnemann, previously (and subsequently) known for quite serious films, could probably have had his choice of films – and he made this, shot in both Todd AO and Cinemascope, from different takes! fact fans. The score is rousing, the songs are amazing classic tunes and the staging is flawless, if a little lifeless. However the performances are winning – who can resist? Perfect entertainment for a windy rainy Sunday – or any day, come to think of it.

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