The story of a young girl who must decide between two suitors, Oklahoma! takes place in a romanticized American countryside at the turn of the century. Laurey (Shirley Jones), an Oklahoma farm girl, is being courted by a spirited young cowboy named Curly (Gordon MacRae) as well as brooding farm hand Jud (Rod Steiger). Soon Curly and Jud are brought to blows over Laurie's affections -- and a twist of fate jeopardizes the life of one and leads to death for the other.
Based on the hit Broadway play, the film's production was personally supervised by the legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Some of the famed songs include Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', People Will Say We're In Love and the stirring title number.