JFK+50: Volume 5, No. 1742
MOVIE "OKLAHOMA" PREMIERED 60 YEARS AGO TODAY
"Oklahoma" made its debut on Broadway in 1943 while the 1955 motion picture, by the same name, was shot in Nogales, Arizona and on the soundstage and backlot of MGM Studios in California.
The budget for the movie totaled $6.8 million while the box office take was $7.1 million. "Oklahoma" was filmed in Cinema Scope 35 as well as the new Todd-A0 70mm widescreen format.
The movie starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, and included Rod Steiger. The Director was Fred Zinnemann and the Producer was Arthur Hornblank, Jr.
The screenplay was written by Sonya Levien and William Ludwig, while the music was the work of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
After the first three days of screenings, the movie was shown twice daily at theaters around the United States.
"Oklahoma" won Academy Awards for Best Sound Recording and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
*The Rivoli Theatre was built in 1917 and named after the Rivoli Theatre of Paris, France.
"Oklahoma (1955), Turner Classic Movies, www.tcm.com/