A DVD review from The Movie Snob.
Oklahoma! (C). Well, this 1955 musical didn’t really do it for me, as you can tell by my grade. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it more, because the songs are undeniably catchy, and Shirley Jones (TV’s The Partridge Family) makes a very cute Laurie. The story is paper-thin, but that’s not really a valid objection to a movie musical. It isn’t Crime and Punishment, after all. I think what turned me off were the several extended dance interludes, which seemed to go on forever. The balletic dance that goes on in Laurie’s mind after she takes a whiff of the traveling salesman’s perfume was a particularly long and psychedelic sequence that went on interminably. Still, the songs really were top-notch. I was surprised to learn that Oklahoma! was directed by Fred Zinneman, who also directed From Here to Eternity, A Man for All Seasons, and High Noon.