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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Laurey and Curly: 1954

Laurey and Curly: 1954

Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in 1954 filming a scene for the Technicolor version of the musical "Oklahoma!" Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Shirley Jones: The Girl From Oklahoma!" View full size.

Not many

Hollywood stars prettier than Shirley Jones.

Hollywood goof

Always loved that movie for its music, but the continual mountains in the background always showed that it was filmed in California, not in Oklahoma. OK has some mild hills, but nothing like in the flick.

The hat

I was wondering why Gordon MacRae is wearing his hat so far back on his head, but then I realized it was blown back by the wind that comes sweeping down the plain.

Oklahoma! trivia

"Oklahoma!" is actually two films; for many scenes it was not possible to film in both the standard 35mm, 24 frames-per-second Cinemascope and the 65mm, 30 frames-per-second Todd-AO processes simultaneously, so the performances frequently differ. Many contend that those in the Todd-AO version, which were generally photographed first, are fresher and more spontaneous.

Also, neither was photographed in the classic "three-strip" Technicolor process, in which three separate black-and-white negatives were exposed, one per primary color, but rather on single-strip Eastman color negative stock. The original Cinemascope release prints, though, were printed in the Technicolor dye-transfer process and surviving copies have therefore retained their full color. The Todd-AO version was printed to 70mm Eastman, and all extant copies have faded all the way to pink, as is typical. Video versions for both have been derived from surviving original negatives or other early-generation film elements which have gone through photochemical and/or digital restoration.

Corn Height

As high as an elephant's eye on about the 16th of July, in Ohio.

 
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