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Show Boat
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Kathryn Grayson Kathryn Grayson
Magnolia Hawks
Ava Gardner Ava Gardner
Julie LaVerne
Howard Keel Howard Keel
Gaylord Ravenal
Joe E. Brown Joe E. Brown
Cap'n Andy Hawks
Marge Champion Marge Champion
Ellie May Shipley
Gower Champion Gower Champion
Frank Schultz
Robert Sterling Robert Sterling
Steven Baker
Agnes Moorehead Agnes Moorehead
Parthy Hawks

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John Lee Mahin John Lee Mahin
(screen play)


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Show Boat

4 years, 11 months ago at May 2 18:55
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Well, it’s never really awful; it’s just been scrubbed too clean. Show Boat is a more rough and tough musical than this antiseptic MGM version would lead you to believe. Long gone is the racial subtext which gives it so much life and is a main thrust of the story and drama, which would explain why Julie feels so tacked on in spots and strangely underwritten. Even with all of these problems, Sh... read more
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Description: Adaptation of the Broadway musical. Magnolia Hawks is the lovely but protected, and thus very naive, daughter of Cap'n Andy Hawks, the genial proprietor of a show boat that cruises the Missisippi, and his nagging wife, Parthy. She is best friends with the show boat's star, Julie LaVerne, but Julie and her husband Steve are forced to leave when it is revealed that Julie has "Negro" blood in her, thereby breaking the state law by being married to the white Steve. Magnolia replaces Julie as the show boat's female star, and the show's new male star is the suave gambler Gaylord Ravenal. "Nola" and Gaylord fall in ... (more)
Release date: 24 September 1951
UPC: 012569509429
Tags: Musical (5), Drama (1), 1951 (1), Remake (1), 50's (1), Boat (1), Old Man River (1), River Boat (1), Romance (1)
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