Show Boat Movie Review 1936

Information and Film Reviews for Show Boat the Movie

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3.0 4.0 from 2 reviews

The second of three film versions of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein musical (based on the Edna Ferber novel), filmed previously in 1929, about a Mississippi showboat and the life and loves of its denizens. Wonderful romance, unforgettable music. Director Whale also brought the world "Frankenstein." The laser edition includes a historical audio essay by Miles Kreuger, excerpts from the 1929 version, Ziegfeld's 1932 stage revival, "Life Aboard a Real Showboat" (a vintage short), radio broadcasts, and a 300-photo essay tracing the history of showboats. Remade 15 years later.


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Available on VHS
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Musical Drama, Adapted from a Musical, Obsessive Love, Books to Film: Edna Ferber, Period Piece: 19th Century, 4 Bones
Oscar Hammerstein
Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger, Donald Cook, Bobs Watson
James Whale
Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern
Mark Huffam


Natl. Film Reg. 1996.

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