Show Boat

"Good"

Show Boat Review


Widely regarded as a classic, the 1951 Technicolor bonanza that is Show Boat (based on the Broadway musical) has not aged well. The film starts as two riverboat performers (including the lovely show-stealing Ava Gardner) are forced to quit their jobs when it's discovered they have black ancestry somewhere down the line. Such "mixed blood" doesn't sit well with the locals, so replacements are hired, including the daughter of the "cap'n." Later they go broke. That's the gist: The film doesn't offer much more story, as its musical numbers (including the famous "Old Man River") take center stage. Too bad the racial politics just don't play the same as they did when Edna Ferber wrote the novel in 1926.

Aka Showboat.



Show Boat

Facts and Figures

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Monday 24th September 1951

Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 8 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

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Starring: as Gaylord Ravenal, as Magnolia Hawks, as Julie LaVerne, Joe E. Brown as Cap'n Andy Hawks, as Ellie May Shipley, as Frank Schultz, as Steven Baker, as Parthy Hawks, Bess Flowers as Racetrack spectator

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