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Carousel Review


Excellent
The fact that Carousel is Rogers and Hammerstein's least accessible and darkest musical is what makes it so compelling. It has its lovely melodies and dance numbers, of course, but there's no escaping the fact that this is a story about spousal abuse, parental abandonment, and suicide, and no one is going to whistle a happy tune through all that.

Set in a coastal Maine mill town sometime around 1900, the painful love story brings together itinerant carnival worker Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae) and virginal mill worker Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones), who fall passionately in love even though everyone thinks she could do a lot better. Hot-tempered and insecure, Billy wants to be a productive member of society, but he doesn't know how, and once he's married and Julie is pregnant, he fears he won't be able to provide. Their situation is contrasted with that of Julie's best friend, Carrie Pipperidge (Barbara Ruick), and her prosperous fiancé, Mr. Snow (Robert Rounseville).

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Dog Eat Dog Review


OK
No, they didn't make a movie about that awful game show. This is a typical latter-day Jayne Mansfield cheapie production, shot in Yugoslavia and featuring a frequently half-dressed Mansfield frolicking about for no particular reason. Never mind the plot (about a group of thieves who steal a load of currency, then fight over it), this is Mansfield's showcase, made just three years before her death and apparently five years after she lost any sense of modesty. One of the first and most memorable scenes features Jayne rolling on a bed covered with cash. Later scenes continue this trend. It's worth watching, especially if, like many, you've never had the chance to see Mansfield's work film. Er, excuse me: "Work."
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