Flicks in Five: 'Carousel'
Listen Flicks in Five: 'Carousel'
Still of Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in Carousel (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
June Is Busting Out All Over: Rodgers and Hammerstein were riding on the tidal wave that was "Oklahoma" when they looked for a vehicle to re-create their huge Broadway success.
They turned to a very unlikely source in a Hungarian play called "Liliom," which was all about a con artist carousel barker of the same name who falls in love with a sweet, innocent local girl named Julie.
Although the play was a flop in Hungary, the non-musical version had some success on Broadway; however, it was in the hands of Rodgers and Hammerstein that Billy Bigelow's star shone brightest both on stage and at the movies.
Here is a 1955 cinematic trailer for Carousel … which is far more about a new technology known as "Cinemascope 55" than about the film:
One of the signature songs of Carousel is "You'll Never Walk Alone," which continues to hold a very special place in the hearts of not only fans of musicals, but also in the hearts of the fans of Liverpool Football Club.