Having retired, I now have time to travel and gadabout, and so I have established this blog to share my travels with family and friends. Most of my posts will cover travels away from home, but occasionally I may post local activities. I hope you enjoy my posts, and I welcome feedback from you. Photos by me unless otherwise noted.
Monday, June 11, 2012
OKLAHOMA, THE MOVIE
The musicals in the movies of the 1950s and early 60s were fun to watch. An afternoon or evening at the movies was a favorite pastime for me back in those days. Now it's fun to watch them again thanks to Neflix. One of my favorites is Oklahoma released in 1955 based on the Broadway play of the same name and with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Dan and I watched this the other night.
The music is great, and I especially like the opening song, Oh What A Beautiful Mornin', sung by Gordon McRae.
And the dancing was superb.
I had forgotten that the dances were staged by Agnes de Mille. No wonder the dancing was the highlight of the film.
Shirley Jones who was nineteen at the time this movie was made was a professionally trained vocalist. This was Jones' first movie and began for her a long career in the movies and on television. Here's the theme song in the finale sung by Jones and McRae and cast.