Film: Carousel

Opened: February 16, 1956

Directed by: Henry King

Starring: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner, Robert Rounseville, Gene Lockhart, Susan Luckey, John Dehner, Jacques d’Amboise & William LeMassena 

A film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second musical together, Carousel is filled with classic beauty, but is hindered by its dull pacing.

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. ★★★☆☆

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