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Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection
     

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection

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Director: Fred Zinnemann, Henry King, Joshua Logan, Robert Wise

Cast: Fred Zinnemann, Henry King, Joshua Logan, Robert Wise

 
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,

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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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Among the most successful musical teams of the 20th century, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein Jr. created some of America's most beloved stage and screen musicals. Several of their best-known works are part of this new six-title anthology from 20th Century Fox. Updating an earlier box, this wonderful 12-disc collection includes the 2005-06 remastered DVDs of the Fox R&H canon, most of which are Anniversary Editions, and each of which includes a bonus disc. Multiple Academy Award-winner The Sound of Music (1965) is the most recent of the productions included here, and it bookends the set's two-decade span with State Fair ('45). The remaining four films represent the mother lode of Broadway-to-screen adaptations, including: Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in the Technicolor landmark Oklahoma! ('55) and its follow-up, Carousel ('56); the lavish costume drama The King and I ('56), featuring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr (singing with Marni Nixon's voice, of course); and the ambitious wartime extravaganza South Pacific ('58).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0024543382294
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
15:56:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodgers & Hammerstein Primary Artist
Deborah Kerr Anna Leonowens
Gordon MacRae Billy,Curly
Jeanne Crain Margy Frake
Julie Andrews Maria von Trapp
Rossano Brazzi Emile de Becque
Christopher Plummer Captain Von Trapp
Dana Andrews Pat Gilberg
Mitzi Gaynor Nellie Forbush
Shirley Jones Julie,Laurey
Yul Brynner The King of Siam
Cameron Mitchell Jigger
Dick Haymes Wayne Frake
Eleanor Parker The Baroness
Gene Nelson Will Parker
John Kerr Lt. Joseph Cable
Rita Moreno Tuptim
Barbara Ruick Carrie
Charlotte Greenwood Aunt Eller
Martin Benson Kralahome
Ray Walston Luther Billis
Richard Haydn Max Detweiler
Vivian Blaine Emily Joyce
Charles Winninger Abel Frake
Claramae Turner Cousin Nettie
Gloria Grahame Ado Annie Carnes
Juanita Hall Bloody Mary
Peggy Wood Mother Abbess
Terry Saunders Lady Thiang
Gene Lockhart Starkeeper
Rex Thompson Louis Leonowens
Rod Steiger Jud Fry
Carlos Rivas Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte Prince Chulalongkorn

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Henry King Director
Joshua Logan Director
Robert Wise Director
Walter Lang Director

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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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So far I have only viewed South Pacific but it was fantastic. Clear, bright picture and great sound.
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