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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from 8,109 votes
||Release: 27 September 1956 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Musical, Romance, Western
||Director: Fred Zinnemann,
||Stars: Bambi Linn, Barbara Lawrence, Charlotte Greenwood, Eddie Albert, Gene Nelson, Gloria Grahame, Gordon MacRae, James Mitchell, James Whitmore, Jay C. Flippen, Jennie Workman, Rod Steiger, Roy Barcroft, Shirley Jones, Virginia Bosler
||Synopsis: In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love. Written by Scott Lane <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Since I'm a Newbie and go into detail on some the dance routines, I'm
stating that there may be spoilers here just to cover myself.
Being afflicted with little coordination or a reliable short-term
memory, I've developed a great respect, if not admiration for anyone
who is or aspires to be a dancer, since those qualities are essential.
I used to attend the Solid Gold shows and marveled at how those dancers
were expected to pick up complicated steps on the first take, repeat
the routine time and time again until the director was happy, and then
show lots of first-take energy. One dancer told me they always had
swollen and sometimes bloody feet after the show. But at least they
were always properly credited. I have no doubt that it's the same for
the stage and screen dancers except that in so many cases they are
treated as a throwaway commodity when it comes time to the credits.
Although "Oklahoma" is one of my all-time favorites, it is a classic
example of the latter. In earlier viewings, I had
noticed/liked/wondered about that perky little blonde dancer who has a
crush on Will (Gene Nelson) and her almost-prominent presence in all of
the dance routines. Being laid up with a broken foot gave me time to
scan IMDBs comments and message board quotes for this movie, which
prompted me to take a detailed, and in some cases a frame-by-frame look
at this dancer's performances.
Well, leisurely dissecting her work in freeze-frame and slo-mo, you
suddenly discover what a talented little gem this girl is (apparently
Jennie Workman, but how can we be sure? - Updated 07/24/06 - Nope, it
turns out she's Lizanne Truex). She first appears, and immediately
establishes a stand-out presence as an infatuated-with-Will teenager in
"Everything's Up To Date In Kansas City". At one point in the "ragtime"
routine, she kicks so high she knocks off Will's hat -- and he is not a
short guy. I thought he used the old trick of snapping his head back,
but no, that little gal kicks her foot up as high or higher than her
head with a disciplined precision (how many takes for that one?). Her
disapproving look at Will's horse (who nuzzled him) typifies a little
girl pique. Check out her adoring looks at Will while dancing with him
as compared to her partner, who seemed concentrating on the steps. When
the girls race with Will to the train, her arm-swinging energy makes it
look like the start of a 100-yard dash. Freeze-frame caught her extra
little toe-heel-toe step just before she jumped on the train a nice
professional flourish that I don't think was choreographed as her
partner, who usually danced in unison, didn't perform.
Then there was her performance in "Many a New Day". First it was a
how-can-I-fix-my-hair primping before a mirror followed by a
hair-fluffing attention-getter and a dreamy head-in-arms swoon that
personifies a young girl in love. At the end of the routine, when the
dancers all fall to the floor around Laurey, she assumes a contorted
position with such a fluid and graceful movement that you wonder if she
has any bones.
In the early part of Laurey's (Shirley Jones) dream sequence, she shyly
presents a bouquet of flowers to Dream Curly (James Mitchell) and when
he accepts, she flashes such a winsome smile that it squeezes your
heart. Dagnabbit, I'm in love -- and with a 50-year-old image at that!
Follow her around in the "Farmers and Ranchers" bit and notice how
she's not just acting, but having REAL fun -- by-God-enjoying every
minute of it and probably thinking "And to think they're paying me to
do this!"). There's a notably cute bit where she bounces up on Will's
hip, seemingly light as a feather, and then rewards him with a very
In "All er Nuthin" she and her partner come out and do some fancy
high-stepping and strutting around Will and when he gives her
girlfriend a peck on the lips, she does a great arms-akimbo pouting
look of HMMMPH! This little lady consistently gives a great
professional account of herself throughout the film both as an actress
and a dancer. She has spot-on timing and always seems to kick a little
higher and express a little more verve and elan than the others.
And for all this she gets a generic "Dancer" in the film credits!!!
They could at least have said "Perky Little Blonde Teenager" or "Foxy
Teenage Blonde Infatuated with Will". Heck, I'd even settle for "Young
Girl No. 1". At least you would have been pointed in the right
direction. Shame on whomever was responsible, for this little lady had
lots of potential and in my opinion, her subsequent absence was a loss
to the trade. Evidently this was her only film and biographical info on
her is non-existent. All the other Internet movie references for her
appear to be taken from IMDBs database. Perhaps she was so disgusted at
the lack of recognition that she quit the business. Then again, I'd
like to think some smart (as in lucky) guy married her soon after and
by now she has lots of grandchildren.
In any event, I pass on a "Well Done and I wish I could have seen more
of you" to her, wherever she is. It's the least I could do for someone
who owns part of my heart. In keeping with IMDb's restriction on URLs,
check out my tribute to her by clicking on nevkid12's name in the
message board's reply to "Who are the 2 dancers?".
Tags for Oklahoma! Full Movie
, Barbara Lawrence
, Charlotte Greenwood
, Eddie Albert
, Gene Nelson
, Gloria Grahame
, Gordon MacRae
, James Mitchell
, James Whitmore
, Jay C. Flippen
, Jennie Workman
, Rod Steiger
, Roy Barcroft
, Shirley Jones
, Virginia Bosler
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