Show Boat

(DVD - 2000 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Show Boat

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Musical extravaganza which celebrates the loves and heartbreaks of a Mississippi riverboat troupe, starting with a young girl whose heart is stolen by a dashing gambler.
Statement of Responsibility: Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; produced by Loew's Inc. ; screen play by John Lee Mahin ; produced by Arthur Freed ; directed by George Sidney
Title: Show boat
Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Turner Entertainment Co. : Warner Home Video, c2000
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1951
Based on the musical play by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, II from Edna Ferber's novel
Special features: original theatrical trailer
Credits: Choreography, Robert Alton ; musical direction, Adolph Deutsch ; director of photography, Charles Rosher ; editor, John Dunning.
Performers: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, Marge and Gower Champion, Robert Sterling, Agnes Moorehead, Leif Erickson, William Warfield.
Summary: Musical extravaganza which celebrates the loves and heartbreaks of a Mississippi riverboat troupe, starting with a young girl whose heart is stolen by a dashing gambler.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, NTSC
Other Language: English or Spanish language soundtracks (mono) with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Gamblers Drama Women entertainers Drama Paddle steamers Drama Gamblers Drama Women entertainers Drama Paddle steamers Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Musical films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Musical films
Topical Term: Gamblers
Women entertainers
Paddle steamers
Women entertainers
Paddle steamers
Additional Contributors: Mahin, John Lee - 1902-1984
Freed, Arthur - 1894-1973
Sidney, George - 1916-2002
Grayson, Kathryn - 1922-2010
Gardner, Ava - 1922-1990
Keel, Howard - 1919-2004
Brown, Joe E. - 1892-1973 - (Joe Evan),
Champion, Marge
Champion, Gower - 1919-1980
Sterling, Robert - 1917-2006
Moorehead, Agnes - 1906-1974
Erickson, Leif - 1911-1986
Warfield, William
Hammerstein, Oscar - 1895-1960
Ferber, Edna - 1887-1968
Kern, Jerome - 1885-1945
Loew's Incorporated
Turner Entertainment Co
Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0790744856
Branch Call Number: DVD 782 S
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Jun 29, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Show Boat is a spectacle with the River Boat Cotton Blossom as its stage of production. The all star cast is highlighted by one of the finest voices to sing on screen. That would be William Warfield as Joe singing his famous Old Man River. Marge and Gower Champion add visually stunning dance routines. There is a love affair to marry Howard Keel. They couldn't have picked more beautiful women of the time then Kathyrn Grayrson and Ava Gardner. Joe E. Brown as Captain Andy is a perfect choice. Once you get on board Cotton Blossom your in for a good time.

Stupid comment. The reception was standard for the times. This is an American masterpiece, with all its ugliness and bigotry on display. Enjoy it for the glorious music and smattering of racial injustice. LOVE IT.

Jul 21, 2010
  • 523_8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not my favourite musical but still an enjoyable watch. Has much darker themes then many musicals of the time. Worth a watch if only for Paul Robeson's Old Man River.


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