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Show Boat

Show Boat (1936)

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Release Date: May 14, 1936 Wide

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This second film version of the Edna Ferber/Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat is considered by many film buffs to be the best of the three. Covering nearly four decades (was there ever an Edna Ferber novel that didn't?), the film stars Irene Dunne as Magnolia Hawks, a role she'd previously played on stage, though not in the Broadway version. The daughter of showboat impresario Captain Andy (Charles Winninger, who was in the Broadway original), Magnolia is swept off her feet by

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[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.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Represents the apex of Hollywood musical productions.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: IdentityTheory
IdentityTheory

The great booming voice of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River" throughout is as good a number as was ever done in a musical.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Best version is this truly classic version; superior musical on all counts

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Hands down the best version of the stage show. Brilliantly conceived and executed by James Whale.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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
July 19, 2013
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Stella Dallas

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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.
April 17, 2010
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