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Show Boat (1936)

Show Boat (1936)

Show Boat




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This film version of the Edna Ferber/Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II musical stars Irene Dunne as Magnolia Hawks. The daughter of showboat impresario Captain Andy, Magnolia is swept off her feet by dashing gambler Gaylord Ravenal. Yearning to appear on the showboat stage, Magnolia finally gets her chance.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Oscar Hammerstein II
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Irene Dunne
as Magnolia Hawks
Allan Jones
as Gaylord Ravenal
Charles Winninger
as Capt. Andy Hawks
Helen Westley
as Parthy Hawks
Sammy White
as Frank Schultz
Charles B. Middleton
as Sheriff Vallon
Hattie McDaniel
as Queenie, Joe's Wife
Sunni O'Dea
as Elder Kim
Marilyn Knowlden
as Younger Kim
Dorothy Granger
as Chorus Girl
Barbara Pepper
as Chorus Girl
Renee Whitney
as Chorus Girl
Clarence Muse
as Sam the Janitor
May Beatty
as Landlady
Bobs Watson
as Lost Child
Jane Keckley
as Mrs. Ewing
E.E. Clive
as Englishman
Donald Briggs
as Press Agent
LeRoy Prinz
as Dance Director
Eddie 'Rochester' An...
as Young Black Man
Patti Patterson
as Banjo Player
Helen Hayward
as Mrs. Brencenbridge
Theodore Lorch
as Simon Legree
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Mother Superior
Lois Verner
as Small Girl
Selmar Jackson
as Hotel Clerk
Marilyn Harris
as Little Girl
Jimmy Jackson
as Young Man
Lee Phelps
as Gambler
Frank Mayo
as Gambler
Edmund Cobb
as Gambler
Al Ferguson
as Gambler
Maude Allen
as Fat Woman
LeRoy J. Prinz
as Dance Director
Artye Folz
as Fat Girl
Forrest Stanley
as Theater Manager
Jack Latham
as Juvenile
George H. Reed
as Old Black Man
Georgia O'Dell
as Schoolteacher
Bobby Watson
as Lost Child
Selmer Jackson
as Hotel Clerk
George Hackathorne
as YMCA Worker
Jack Mulhall
as Race Fan
Charles Wilson
as Jim Green
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Critic Reviews for Show Boat

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[The director] recognizes he's making a film, not just a record of a stage production. The strong source material doesn't hurt [...] and neither do the [...] performances of actors who know their characters inside and out.

Full Review… | March 10, 2014
The Dissolve

Represents the apex of Hollywood musical productions.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for Show Boat

this is the show boat to watch, and in spite of irene dunn's blackface number, one of the most racially sensitive films i've seen from the 1930's. just watch the scene where helen morgan sings 'can't help lovin that man of mine' or paul robeson's 'old man river'. if this doesn't move u then you're made of stone

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Somewhat more faithful to the book and it does record Helen Morgan's legendary stage performance but the later Ava Gardner version is still the superior film and the one to watch.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


this, fpr the most part, is the quintessential version of the kern-hammerstein classic. the end is what keeps it from being absolutely brilliant. irene dunne and allan jones sing the songs with style and emotion; helen morgan caps off her screen career recreating the role that made her an icon. and paul robeson sings the classic 'ol man river'.

darryl clark

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