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Carmen Jones (1954) was a Musical - Drama Film directed by Otto Preminger and produced by Otto Preminger.

Carmen Jones was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressDorothy DandridgeNominated
Best Music - ScoringHerschel Burke GilbertNominated
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You Otto See It: Carmen Jones (1954)

By Google profile on Nov 9, 2008 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. I do love de movie Carmen Jones. It's de best dat Preminger got! Carmen Jones (1954 or 55) is by far my favorite Otto Preminger film yet. I just adore this film. What's not to love? It's a... Read full article


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


Frankie: Somethin' tells me Chicago's gonna be real good for you.
Myrt: Somethin' tells me you gonna be real bad for Chicago.


Frankie: We'll be livin' off the fatheads of the land.


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Eartha Kitt was offered the role of Carmen but they wanted her to be dubbed so she would have an operatic voice in the role, same offer they made to 'Harry Belefonte' and Diahann Carroll. Kitt refused, wanted to use her natural chest voice. It didn't matter for Pearl Bailey, whose own voice suited her comedy songs.
Joyce Bryant and Elizabeth Foster also did screen tests for the role of Carmen Jones. Dorothy Dandridge did her screen test working opposite veteran actor James Edwards in the role of Joe. Edwards, whose career was on the decline, was never considered for the role.
Leontyne Price was originally assigned to dub Dorothy Dandridge's singing voice, but fell ill and was replaced by Marilyn Horne.
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