OKLAHOMA!
1955, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria Grahame headline this dynamic, showstopping version of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The first Hollywood feature released in 70mm – courtesy of producer Michael Todd and the American Optical Co. ("Todd-AO") – OKLAHOMA! features astonishing, revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!


HOLIDAY INN
1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

In an all-too-rare pairing, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star as song-and-dance men vying for the heart of Marjorie Reynolds while performing at a club open only on holidays. Irving Berlin supplied the film’s story and all of its songs, including Oscar winner “White Christmas.” This musical gem inspired the name of the famous hotel chain.


GUYS AND DOLLS
1955, Park Circus/MGM, 150 min, USA, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Frank Loesser’s Broadway hit, inspired by Damon Runyon’s tales of Times Square hoods and gamblers, becomes one of the 1950s’ most enjoyable musicals in the hands of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Needing $1,000 to rent space for his floating crap game, Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando, in his only song-and-dance role) that he can find a girl immune to Masterson’s charms – specifically a strait-laced missionary (a wonderful Jean Simmons). “Luck Be a Lady” is just one of the great songs here.


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