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Show Boat
6.8 Rating
(32 ratings)
7 IMDB rating

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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

2 years, 2 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 l ... (more)
Release date: 24 September 1951
UPC: 012569509429
Musical (5), 1951 (2), Old Man River (1), River Boat (1), Romance (1), Drama (1), Remake (1), 50's (1), Boat (1)
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Show Boat

“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, Show Boat is still enjoyable, if never a standout film.

Originally set to star Lena Horne in her dream role, and she would have been magnificent, MGM’s studio heads chickened out, rewrote the role, gave it to Ava Gardner (much to her confusion and horror) and left the movie adrift with only one paddle. They were afraid that audiences in 1951 wouldn’t be able to cope with an interracial” read more

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