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Oklahoma!The Making of an American Musical$
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Tim Carter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106190.001.0001

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From Stage to Screen

From Stage to Screen

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(p.212) Chapter 6 From Stage to Screen
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Oklahoma!
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Tim Carter

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0006

This chapter examines the history of the film adaption of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that the Theater Guild has set a price of $500,000 for the musical in May 1943 and analyzes the reasons behind the guild's decision to hold on to Oklahoma. The chapter suggests that the theatrical sale of Oklahoma! was triggered by the collapse in the number of first-class performances in 1952, and also considers director Fred Zinnemann's work on the film version of the musical.

Keywords:   Oklahoma, film adaptation, Theater Guild, first-class performances, Fred Zinnemann

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