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The second of three film versions of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein musical (based on the Edna Ferber novel), filmed previously in 1929, about a Mississippi showboat and the life and loves of its denizens. Wonderful romance, unforgettable music. Director Whale also brought the world "Frankenstein." The laser edition includes a historical audio essay by Miles Kreuger, excerpts from the 1929 version, Ziegfeld's 1932 stage revival, "Life Aboard a Real Showboat" (a vintage short), radio broadcasts, and a 300-photo essay tracing the history of showboats. Remade 15 years later.

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Available on Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Musical Drama, Adapted from a Musical, Obsessive Love, Books to Film: Edna Ferber, Period Piece: 19th Century, 4 Bones
Oscar Hammerstein
Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger, Donald Cook, Bobs Watson
James Whale
Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern
Mark Huffam


Natl. Film Reg. 1996.

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Show Boat
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Show Boat came out in 1936 and has a total running time of 110 minutes. This film originated from the Broadway musical. Irene Dunne (as Magnolia Hawks), Allan Jones (as Gaylord Ravenal), Charles Winninger (as Andy Hawks) and Helen Westley (as Parthenia Hawks) star in this romantic musical comedy. Magnolia Hawks is a beautiful, young woman but is naive. She lives on her father’s showboat named the Cotton Blossom. She meets gambler Gaylord Ravenal when they star in one of the main shows on the boat. They fall in love and marry against her parent’s wishes. Gaylord ends up leaving Magnolia when he loses a lot of money gambling. Now, she must start her life over and return back to the stage.

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