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Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones star in this cherished Rodgers & Hammerstein® classic set in a beautiful seaside village. After tragedy strikes, Billy Bigelow (McRae), a smooth-talking carny man, makes his way to Heaven, then back to his wife (Shirley Jones) and daughter for one day of love, solace and redemption, in one of the most unique and powerfully uplifting musicals ever written.
© 1956 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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Common Sense Says
Not like sunny Oklahoma! -- much darker.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein isn't like their other crowd pleasers such as The Sound of Music and Oklahoma!. The themes are darker and the characters are flawed, especially Billy who beats his wife (not shown), steals, and dies in a knife fight. When he comes back as a ghost he may be after some form of redemption, but there are some mixed signals -- at one point he hits his daughter (who doesn't feel it).
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- Release Date:February 16, 1956
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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