* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: One production managed to change how we view the entire cast and story by performing the musical completely normally, but with the only change being Jud is played by the only black man in the cast.
* BrokenBase: The movie adaptation has one version filmed in 65mm TODD-AO, and one in 35mm [=CinemaScope=]. They present differing takes of each scene, leaving viewers torn over which version provides superior performances. Telecasts and home video releases before the 1994 restoration of the TODD-AO negative used the [=CinemaScope=] version, while more recent home video releases offer a choice between TODD-AO and [=CinemaScope=].
* DesignatedHero: The ''hero'' tries to drive a lonely, unstable young man to suicide over a girl? That's pretty messed up.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Happens to Jud more and more as time goes on (with a healthy dose of RonTheDeathEater for Curly). It pretty much all hinges around "Pore Jud Is Daid", a scene where Curly potentially tries to convince Jud that hanging himself would be a good idea. Some people take it so far as to claim that ''Jud'' is in fact the hero of the story and Curly is the ''villain''. Of course, this ignores Jud's multiple murder attempts on Curly, the implication that he'd be willing to rape/kill Laurie if she rejects him and the fact that he's been stalking Laurie for at least two years, while Curly's bad behaviour is confined to that one scene.
* EarWorm: "Oklahoma" is an outrageously catchy tune. It's worse if you live in the actual state of Oklahoma, where it is the official state song, meaning you will hear it with some regularity even if you don't watch musicals.
* HilariousInHindsight: An R&H tribute that aired about a year before this movie's release contains a scene in which Gordon [=McRae=] and Florence Henderson sing, "People Will Say We're In Love". [=McRae=] went on to play Curley in the movie alongside Shirley Jones as Laurey. Henderson and Jones eventually became matriarchs of DuelingShows ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'', respectively.
* MagnificentBastard: Ali Hakim, in a mostly harmless way.
* MemeticBadass: Aunt Eller
* OlderThanTheyThink: A lot of the ground-breaking elements featured in this musical were also featured Hammerstein's collaboration with Jerome Kern, ''Show Boat'', almost twenty years earlier. They didn't catch on until this one, though.
* {{Padding}}: We now interrupt this storyline to tell you about how great the state of Oklahoma is.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It is ''really'' hard to see what the big fuss is about this show unless you know the history of theater.
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