The story of two cowboys hoping to win the hearts of two ladies in the cornfields of early twentieth century Oklahoma.
So while the score remains outstanding, with Hammerstein’s cosily direct lyrics complemented by Rodgers’ daring blend of operetta and folk, the film has a reverence that curtails its exuberance. Moreover, the performances are similarly underwhelming, with the exception of Gloria Grahame’s Ado Annie. But despite its flaws, the combination of musical magic and nostalgia make this a classic.
A brilliant musical that still looks fresh today.
Reviewed by Patrick Peters