Oklahoma! (1955)

Credit: themoviescene.co.ukA movie so utterly vivid, so incredibly energetic, so mid-westernly intense that they had to include an exclamation point as part of the title.

 

I’m not going to sugarcoat this. After you’ve seen this once, you can just buy the soundtrack on iTunes and go on living a happy and content life. The dream sequence alone is akin to taking a baseball bat to the knees. Still, the movie has its moments, so don’t cast it aside right away.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: There are these two creepy teenage girls who don’t ever talk but always seem to be there when the main characters turn around. They will make you feel uncomfortable, even hours after the movie is over.

Credit: cadesnyder.tumblr.comWhile on the surface this may appear to be a lighthearted musical, there are some all-too-real subtleties with regard to how lustful thoughts can destroy the man who entertains them.

That’s just what happens to Jud Fry, the villain in this movie. Like most villains, Jud is the one who is really suffering. Pathetic and isolated, he buys pornography from traveling salesmen and hangs it up on his walls.

Constantly staring at filthy images designed to give others a cheap imitation of a beautiful and sacred experience, Jud eventually wants more. He says, “I’m sick of [pornography], I want a real woman– I’m tired of just pictures of women.”

Eventually he starts peeping in a woman’s window. But that’s not enough. He tries to kiss her, and when he is rejected he despises her. He had gone from lustful thoughts in the darkness of his own room to attempting to carry out his filthy fantasies.

James E. Faust summed it up best when he said, “The thought is the father to the deed.” What we choose to think eventually becomes what we choose to do, and what we choose to do eventually defines who we are.

Don’t let yourself, or someone close to you, be deceived into thinking there is no harm in dwelling on things meant only to be experienced between a husband and wife. Little by little it will destroy marriages, families, and every other relationship worth living for.

Never let your guard down. No one is safe from temptation.

 “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.” – D&C 121:45

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