Though best known for her noir roles, Gloria Grahame shines in this pastoral Rodgers & Hammerstein classic as the coquettish Ado Annie. The sole musical directed by Academy Award–winning Austrian émigré Fred Zinnemann, Oklahoma! tracks the romance between cowboy Curly (Gordon MacRae) and farm girl Laurey (20-year-old Shirley Jones in her film debut) in the turn-of-the-century rural South. Brimming with iconic songs—"Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "People Will Say We’re In Love"—rousing dance numbers, and choreographer Agnes de Mille’s surreal dream ballet, Zinnemann filmed every scene twice—once in standard 35mm widescreen CinemaScope and once in the brand-new process of Todd-AO, using 70mm film at 30 frames per second. Tonight’s presentation features a restoration of the film’s lesser seen Todd-AO version. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including one for Robert Surtees’s rousing cinematography.
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