Carousel-50th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Henry King Starring: Shirley Jones Gordon MacRae

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Billy bigelow, a smooth-talking carny barker falls in love with julie and they marry. But right before the birth of his daughter, billy is killed while committing a robbery. Now in heaven, years later, he returns to earth for one day to attend his daughter's high school graduation and teach her one very important lesson.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202978491
UPC 024543381471
UPC 14 00024543381471
Format DVD
Release Date 11/7/2006
Rating NR
Musical Sequences
Musicals/Music Videos
Editors Note
Note Spectacular staging dots this widescreen deluxe Rodgers and Hammerstein musical as Gordon MacRae brings a blustery energy to the lead role of Billy Bigelow, a drifter and ne'er-do-well carnival barker. The troubled soul finally settles down with a good woman (Shirley Jones) but then gets stabbed to death while committing a robbery. Many years later, an angel offers the roustabout the chance to return to earth for just one day to makes things right for his unhappy wife and the daughter he never had the chance to meet. Based on the French play LILION by Ferene Molnar, CAROUSEL ranks among the better Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, making it a classic by any standard. To boot, the film's tale of love between Bigelow and wife Julie rivals that of any other 1950s musical. Songs from the outstanding score include "If I Loved You," "June Is Busting Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
USA Today "...With a great score, an attractive cast and one of those supernatural stories about dead folks returning to Earth that many find tough to resist..." 09/19/1997 p.13D
Henry King
Shirley Jones
Gordon MacRae
Cast & Crew
Barbara Ruick - Actor
Cameron Mitchell - Actor
Charles G. Clarke - Cinematographer
Gordon MacRae - Actor
Henry Ephron - Writer
Henry Ephron - Producer
Henry King - Director
Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Oscar Hammerstein - Based On Play By
Phoebe Ephron - Writer
Shirley Jones - Actor
William Reynolds - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1956
Catalog ID 2238147
UPC 00024543381471
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Review On the surface at least, the film had much in common with Oklahoma!, released the previous year. Besides the widescreen, technicolor format and the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, both films starred rugged bass singer Gordon MacRae and smiling, angelic young Shirley Jones. Both had period Americana costumes and elaborate choreography...While Carousel is a strange musical for the 1950s, perhaps that also explains why it is so good. Everyone has a fine voice, and the songs (especially "You'll Never Walk Alone") are good if overripe. Billy is a much deeper character than you'll find in most non-musicals, while Jigger is a classic villain. Julie should be a dull supporting character, all sugar and sunshine, but the trials brought to her by Billy forces her inner strength to the surface.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Sensormatic, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Jones,Shirley
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...moving characters, timeless songs...
Pam Grady, ...the best dance sequences in any Rodgers and Hammerstein film...

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