Flicks in Five: 'Carousel'

by Lynne Warfel
June 3, 2014

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Still of Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in Carousel (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

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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.