Anniversary Celebration of “Oklahoma!”

Rialto Cinemas is celebrating the anniversaries of three classic films. The second is “Oklahoma!,” which turns sixty this year. This movie features Gordon MacRae as Curly, Gloria Grahame as Ado Annie, Shirley Jones as Laurey, Eddie Albert as Ali Hakim and Rod Steiger as Jud. The story involves romance, jealousy and obsession.

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the score, with such great songs as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Kansas City,” “People Will Say We’re in Love” and “Oklahoma!” The movie won Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Music, and was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. It was selected to the National Film Registry in 2007 as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant film.”

This newly remastered version will be accompanied by a performance by a current Broadway star of some of his favorite songs from “Oklahoma!”

“Oklahoma!” will be shown at the Cerrito at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, and at the Elmwood on Sunday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and again on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. You can get tickets at the box office or on line through the Cerrito or Elmwood web site.

Coming up: more information about the third film in this anniversary series: “Fantasia.”