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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
UPC: 0024543381471
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 4:05:00

Special Features

Disc One:; Audio commentary by star Shirley Jones; and documentary filmmaker Nick Redman; Exclusive isolated musical score; Songs-only option; Singalong karaoke subtitles (English); Disc Two:; Bonus film: 1934 classic Liliom; "Turn on the Carousel" featurette; Vintage stage excerpt: The "If I Loved You" extended sequence with original broadway stars Jan Clayton and John Raitt; Stills and audio original from deleted numbers:; "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan: performed by Barbara Ruick and Shirley Jones; "Blow High, Blow Low" performed by Cameron Mitchell and chorus; Fox Movietone news: Carousel opens at New York and Hollywood in CinemaScope® 55; Behind-the-scenes still photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer and more!

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carousel [50th Anniversary Edition]
1. Billy in Heaven (Main Titles) [:21]
2. A Story for the Starkeepr [2:02]
3. The Carousel Waltz [1:43]
4. Mrs. Mullin's Carousel [:28]
5. Billy Gets Bounced [2:16]
6. Mister Snow [2:52]
7. The Bench at the Far End of the Park [1:03]
8. Love Is Blind [2:29]
9. If I Loved You [1:41]
10. Julie and Billy's Surprise [:23]
11. June Is Bustin' Out All Over [3:31]
12. Jigger's Plan [:13]
13. A Visit From Mrs. Mullin [:37]
14. Julie's Big News [2:39]
15. Having a Baby [3:41]
16. Soliloquy [:23]
17. A Change of Mind [1:37]
18. When the Children Are Asleep [5:24]
19. A Real Nice Clambake [1:21]
20. "Where's the Fire?" [1:12]
21. Stonecutters Cut It on Stone [1:10]
22. What's the Use of Wond'rin' [:20]
23. Jigger's Heaven [8:28]
24. No Escape [1:10]
25. Losing Billy [2:27]
26. You'll Never Walk Alone [3:13]
27. No Regrets? [2:40]
28. Billy's Little Girl [1:12]
29. Louise's Ballet [1:11]
30. Billy's One Day [1:36]
31. If I Loved You (Reprise) [7:52]
32. Graduation; You'll Never Walk Alone (Finale) [:25]
Disc #2 -- Carousel [50th Anniversary Edition]
1. Liliom (Main Titles) [1:50]
2. Le Carousel (The Carousel) [:03]
3. Les Amoureux (Love at the Park) [7:34]
4. Le Studio De Photos (The Photo Studio) [6:49]
5. Le Commissariat (Encounter With the Law) [1:50]
6. Demande En Marriage (A Wedding Proposal) [6:22]
7. "Reviens, Liliom!" ("Come Back, Liliom!") [3:46]
8. Un Bébé (A Baby) [4:06]
9. Liliom Est Blessé (A Mugging Gone Wrong) [3:04]
10. Trois Minutes De Silence (Three Minutes of Silence) [4:49]
11. Au Paradis (Gone to Heaven) [1:04]
12. "Pourquoi T'es-tu Tué?" ("Why Did You Kill Yourself?") [6:29]
13. Examen De Conscience (Flashback) [1:12]
14. "Dans Seize Ans" ("In Sixteen Years") [1:42]
15. Un Jour Sur Terre (Back on Earth) [6:57]
16. Les Plateaux De La Balance (Tipping the Scale) [:06]

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Carousel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Carousel' is first-rate from beginning to end. Needless to say, the music is entrancing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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