Carmen Jones

It's Movie Night!

The Flower in her hair, the sexy pin curls. Dorothy’s look in this film is timelessly vintage.
Where’s your popcorn kids? It’s Movie Night…

In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards to World War II-era African-Americans, switched the locale to a Southern military base, and the result was Carmen Jones. Dorothy Dandridge stars as Carmen Jones, tempestuous employee of a parachute factory. Harry Belafonte plays Joe (originally José), a young military officer engaged to marry virginal Cindy Lou (Olga James). When Carmen gets into a fight with another girl, she is placed under arrest and put in Joe’s charge. Succumbing to her attractiveness, Joe accompanies Carmen to her old neighborhood, where, after killing a sergeant sent to retrieve him, he deserts the army. Carmen tries to be faithful, but fortune-telling Frankie (Pearl Bailey) warns her that she and her soldier are doomed. Enter Joe Adams in the role of boxer Husky Miller (a play on Carmen’s bullfighter Escamillo), who sweeps Carmen off her feet, ultimately with tragic consequences. Alhough both Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte were singers, their opera voices were dubbed in by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne.

Preminger’s heavy-handed adaptation of a Broadway triumph combines gorgeous music with risible lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; the project is saved by a terrific cast. ~TV Guide

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Frankie: Somethin’ tells me Chicago’s gonna be real good for you.

Myrt:Somethin’ tells me you gonna be real bad for Chicago.

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Dorothy Dandridge became the very first black woman to receive Best Actress Oscar nomination for Otto Preimger’s audacious (for the early 1950s) all-black musical of the famous opera. ~E.Levy

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Worth seeing for Danridge’s sultry, sweet performance. ~B. Accomado

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Carmen Jones: ‘Scuse my dust, gentlemen. The air’s gettin’ mighty unconditioned ’round here.

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About Crown Life Magazine (116 Articles)
Editor-in-chief Jennia Fredrique is a writer, lover, actor, philanthropist, laugher, hedonist, dancer and human. She studies metaphysics and believes that life is a daring adventure or nothing at all... her current goals are flying a kite, riding a hot air balloon and having tea with the queen....

2 Comments on Carmen Jones

  1. Love it! Bringing back the memories!

  2. Love her. I’m looking for the bottom photo(white dress). Trying to see what the full dress looks like #inspiration

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