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Published on May 25, 2011
From the CinemaScope version of the 1955 Rodgers and Hammerstein film, "Oklahoma!". Gloria Grahame performs "I Cain't Say No".
No copyright infingement intended. Buy the 50th Anniversary Edition of "Oklahoma!" on DVD for the full CinemaScope and ToddAO versions of the film!
**** Sorry, comments have been disabled because I was getting really tired of reading all the negative comments, mostly from those who clearly do not understand the performance in proper context.
This secondary romance in Oklahoma! (Ado Annie and Will Parker) is intended as comic relief to the main story of Laurie and Curly. This song is not supposed to be sung perfectly or operatically. Nor is it intended to sound in any way "sexy" or "sultry". Any performance that has these qualities is WRONG in my opinion. Had R&H wanted this song to sound "perfect", they would have either dubbed Gloria, or found another actress to play the part. They had almost complete artistic control over the production of this movie. (Curiously, no one complains about the similarly comedic and imperfect way Gene Nelson sings his various songs as Will Parker.)
So, go ahead and criticize Gloria Grahame about this "awful", "pathetic", "tone deaf" (or any other pejorative you wish) performance, but pardon me if I don't want to read your critique at 1am in the morning. ****