Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 04/11/2002
  |  800 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Six Hollywood adaptations of the musicals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. In 'State Fair' (1945) the various members of the Frake family each chase after a prize at the annual State Fair: father enters his prize pig into competition; mother proudly displays her pies; and teenage offspring Margy and Wayne both pursue true love. In 'Oklahoma!' (1955) country boys Curly and Will fall for local girls Ado and Laurey. The path to true love is thwarted, however, by nasty farmhand Jud Fry. In 'Carousel' (1956) carnival barker and abusive husband Billy Bigelow is killed committing an armed robbery in order to provide for his baby girl. Assigned to a lower realm of heaven, he spends the following years polishing stars; but as his daughter slowly grows into a young woman he petitions the heavenly host, asking if he might be allowed to return to Earth for her graduation. In 'The King and I' (1956) English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) is employed by the King of Siam (Yul Brynner) to educate his many children. The strong-willed teacher soon clashes with the King, who is used to having his every wish adhered to without question, and eventually her independence earns his respect, and even his love. In 'South Pacific' (1958) an American Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) stationed on a South Pacific island falls in love with a middle-aged French planter (Rossano Brazzi), who goes on to become a war hero. Finally, in 'The Sound of Music' (1965), ex-nun Maria (Julie Andrews) becomes the governess for a family of seven children who live in the shadow of their domineering and repressed widower father (Christopher Plummer). She brings love, music and excitement into the children's lives and also eventually begins to have an effect on their father. But just when things are looking up, the rise of Nazism and the threat of the coming war darkens all their futures.