Opened: February 16, 1956
Directed by: Henry King
When Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones) falls for carnival barker Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae), her love outweighs the pain he puts her through. In order to provide a better life, Billy dangerously sets out to steal money.
The music is incredible and gives the film the emotional impact it needs. MacRae and Jones’ duet on “If I Loved You” sets up the beautiful romance, while Claramae Turner’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a heart-wrenching conclusion.
However, the first half of the film – not unlike the musical – is slow and happens with little action. Barbara Ruick’s portrayal of the fun Carrie Pipperidge doesn’t do the character justice.
Final say: A classic, but not one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best. ★★★☆☆