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Carousel

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of Molnar's Liliom, taken a step further into softness and forgettability by screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron (Desk Set). This 1956 release was a showcase for Fox's new CinemaScope process, and the big screen is packed with production values. But director Henry King can't handle the wide-screen blocking: the actors stand at oppposite ends of the cavernous frame and stare at each other. Still, there's some nice location work, including a fresh-air production of “June Is Busting Out All Over.” Gordon MacRae is the good-for-nothing carnival barker; Shirley Jones is his innocent, small-town wife. When he dies, he's given a chance to return to earth and correct his misdeeds. With Cameron Mitchell and Gene Lockhart. 128 min.

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