The Sound of Movies Documentary 1996
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were two of the most successful songwriters of the twentieth century, and great innovators of the musical theater. Their collaboration produced a number of huge Broadway hits. Shirley Jones hosts this documentary tribute to the movie musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein: Oklahoma!, State Fair, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music. This documentary features shooting information, biographical data, rare film outtakes, and commentary. Guest Rita Moreno, Nancy Kwan, and Julie Andrews give backstage details and reminisce about their starring roles in R&H's films. Nancy Kwan recalls her leading role in Flower Drum Song, a light-hearted comedy set in San Francisco's Chinatown, about Chinese immigrants adapting to the western world. She points out that it was the first Hollywood film with an Asian-American cast. She also notes that the dance numbers she performed as showgirl Linda Low were a big change from the classical ballet she had performed earlier in her career.
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