Henry King directs Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Cameron Mitchell this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a wife-beating carny who retells his failures from the afterlife.
What the fuck is this? The hook would appear to be ghost comes back from heaven to help his wife and daughter yet that only takes up a rushed final 20 minutes. There’s not an impressive song and dance sequence to be seen in the first act. The ultimate message is sometimes a woman deserves a whack. Ugh! Aside from the tonal issues, this is made with all the bells and whistles of a big budget Technicolor release of its era. The “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” sequence belongs in a better film. But in general, Carousel is almost trying to be obtuse and unlikable.
Perfect Double Bill: Oklahoma (1955)
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