Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter.
Shirley Jones has said that of all of her musicals, "Carousel" is her favorite Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score.
Billy Bigelow: Well, what'd I do now?
Heavenly Friend: Nothing. I just thought you'd wanna know - there's trouble.
Billy Bigelow: Huh! Thought you said I didn't do nothin'.
Billy uses the term "midway" while describing the scene around the carousel. The first use of "midway" to describe the area of a circus or carnival containing sideshows and other amusements was during the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893. It referred "Midway Plaisance", a narrow strip of land connecting Jackson and Washington Parks which contained tawdry exhibits.
A star hurtles downward and explodes in mid-air; out of this appears the credit "Twentieth Century-Fox presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel". The other credits all appear in a straightforward fashion.
In the film's first two telecasts on ABC-TV in 1966, Mrs. Mullin's line "I don't run my business for a lot of sluts!" followed by Carrie's retort "Who you callin' a slut? Slut yourself!" was edited out. The line was kept on all local station telecasts of the film, and on all video releases.