Show Boat Movie Review 1951

Information and Film Reviews for Show Boat the Movie

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Third movie version of the 1927 musical about the life and loves of a Mississippi riverboat theatre troupe. Terrific musical numbers, with fun dance routines from Champion, who went on to great fame as a choreographer. Grayson is somewhat vapid, but lovely to look at and hear. Gardner didn't want to do the part of Julie, although she eventually received fabulous reviews--her singing was dubbed by Annette Warren. The 171-foot "Cotton Blossom" boat was built on the Tarzan lake on the MGM back lot at an astounding cost of $126,468. Warfield's film debut--his "Ole Man River"--was recorded in one take. excerpts from "Broadway," "Silent Film," and radio Version of "Show Boat," a documentary featuring life on a real show boat, and a commentary on the performers, the film, and the history of show boats.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 115 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Musical Drama, Adapted from a Musical, MGM Musicals, Obsessive Love, Books to Film: Edna Ferber, Top Grossing Films of 1951, Period Piece: 19th Century
George Wells, Jack McGowan
Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, William Warfield, Joe E. Brown, Agnes Moorehead, Gower Champion
Charles Rosher
George Sidney
Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein

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