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Carousel

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Overview

Carousel was adapted from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical of the same name--which, in turn, was based on Liliom, a play by Ferenc Molnar. Gordon MacRae stars as carnival barker Billy Bigelow, who much against his will falls in love with Maine factory girl Julie Jordan Shirley Jones. Billy proves an improvident and unreliable husband, but Julie stands by him. Upon discovering that Julie is pregnant, the unemployed Billy sees an opportunity for some quick money by joining his unsavory pal Jigger ...
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Overview

Carousel was adapted from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical of the same name--which, in turn, was based on Liliom, a play by Ferenc Molnar. Gordon MacRae stars as carnival barker Billy Bigelow, who much against his will falls in love with Maine factory girl Julie Jordan Shirley Jones. Billy proves an improvident and unreliable husband, but Julie stands by him. Upon discovering that Julie is pregnant, the unemployed Billy sees an opportunity for some quick money by joining his unsavory pal Jigger Cameron Mitchell. The scheme goes awry, and Billy dies. Standing before the Pearly Gates, Billy is given a chance to redeem himself by the kindly Starkeeper Gene Lockhart. He is allowed to return to Earth to try to brighten the life of his unhappy 15-year-old daughter Louise Susan Luckey. Billy offers Louise a star that he has stolen from the sky; when Louise backs off in fear, Billy slaps her. He feels like a failure until he and his Heavenly Friend William LeManessa attend Louise's school graduation ceremony. There the invisible Billy watches as the principal Gene Lockhart again inspires Louise and, by extension, Julie by assuring her that so long as she has hope in her heart, she'll never walk alone. Frank Sinatra, the film's original Billy Bigelow, dropped out of the production due to laryngitis.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Carousel is one of the screen's most intelligent musicals. Director Henry King, who had begun his career as a stage actor, does a commendable job of transferring the material from its Broadway origins, even though the structure of the Rodgers & Hammerstein play from which it was adapted was significantly altered. Gordon MacRae, a fortuitous last-minute replacement for Frank Sinatra, gives a thoughtful, vibrant performance as carnival barker Billy Bigelow, who returns from a self-inflicted death in an attempt to find redemption. The supporting cast features an unusual blend of Hollywood actors, opera stars, and Broadway dancers -- and it's fun to see Tor Johnson perform in something other than an Ed Wood film. Charles Clarke's wide-screen cinematography adds substantially to the film's ambiance. The film's often downbeat tone, however, did not resonate with 1950s audiences, making Carousel a surprising box-office flop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • UPC: 086162000966
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gordon MacRae Billy
Shirley Jones Julie
Cameron Mitchell Jigger
Barbara Ruick Carrie
Claramae Turner Cousin Nettie
Gene Lockhart Starkeeper
Susan Luckey Louise
Robert Rounseville Mr. Snow
Audrey Christie Mrs. Mullin
John Dehner Mr. Bascombs
Jacques D'Amboise Louise's Dancing Partner
Frank Tweddell Capt. Watson
Tor Johnson Strong Man
Harry Johnson Juggler
Ed Mundy Fire Eater
Angelo Rossitto Midget
Dee Pollock Enoch Snow, Jr.
Richard Deacon Policeman
William Le Massena Heavenly Friend
Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Rod Alexander Choreography
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Agnes de Mille Choreography
Henry Ephron Producer, Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Benjamin Glazer Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
William H. Reynolds Editor
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic with great music but a weird plot.

    It is worth having for the music and since it is really a classic, most everyone should see it, but seeing it recently, I had forgotten what a strange plot it had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glorious Music

    When viewed by a modern audience, CAROUSEL has some jarring moments...especially when the theme is touching on moments of spousal abuse. Fans of the stage version will find several songs missing, and moments of other songs changed or rearranged. But that is common in most film musicals. On the whole, there is some beatiful photography and some wonderful Richard Rodgers music. In fact, it was the favorite of all his scores. Certainly, in this restored version, it is worth another look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent!

    'Carousel' is first-rate from beginning to end. Needless to say, the music is entrancing.

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