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Show Boat (1929)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  28 July 1929 (USA)
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A mostly silent version of Edna Ferber's original novel, with some songs from the musical as a last-minute addition

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Jack McDonald ...
Jane La Verne ...
Neely Edwards ...
Elise Bartlett ...
Stepin Fetchit ...
Joe
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Jules Bledsoe ...
Tess Gardella ...
Queenie [prologue] (as Aunt Jemima)
Carl Laemmle ...
Himself [prologue]
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Plantation Singers ...
Offscreen chorus
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Storyline

The film begins with Magnolia, daughter of Captain Andy Hawks and his domineering wife Parthy, enjoying her childhood aboard her father's show boat. Parthy, irritated over the supposed influence of leading lady Julie (Magnolia's idol and best friend) fires her, despite her husband's objections. Many years later, Magnolia is a young woman and becomes a leading lady. Her leading man is Gaylord Ravenal, a riverboat gambler with whom she falls in love and elopes. But the sudden and unexpected death of Captain Andy forces the couple to leave the boat and move to Chicago rather than endure the disapproving Parthy, and Ravenal's gambling luck soon runs out. Then, Parthy announces she's coming to visit. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

See and Hear the Original Ziegfeld Stars - Helen Morgan, Jules Bledsoe, and Aunt Jemima! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G

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Release Date:

28 July 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Show-Boat  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(including prologue) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System) (talking and singing sequences)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original production of Showboat opened in the Ziegfeld Theater on December 27, 1927 and ran for 572 performances. See more »

Goofs

The first Show Boat performance depicted happens at night. But when Captain Andy rushes Julie Dozier along the deck to get on stage, they are in bright sunlight. See more »

Quotes

Joe [prologue]: [singing] You an' me,/ We sweat and strain,/ Body all achin' and wracked with pain!/ "Tote dat barge!/ Lift dat bale!"/ Git a little drunk,/ And yuh lands in jail!/ Ah gits weary/ An' sick o' tryin',/ Ah'm tired o' livin',/ An' scared o' dyin', / But Ol' Man River,/ He jes' keeps rollin' along!
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Crazy Credits

All performers in the prologue are identified verbally. See more »

Connections

Featured in Broadway: The American Musical (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do I Love You
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
In the score during the overture
Sung by an unidentifed singer during the exit music
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User Reviews

 
worth a look, although the 1951 version is still the best
10 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's such a pity that so much of the audio has been lost. I realize some of the film is supposed to be silent, but those scenes with obviously missing dialogue, are frustrating indeed. If it weren't for that, and the cowardly decision to eliminate the racial angle of Julie's storyline, I'd probably give this version of "Show Boat" 7/10. Despite it's flaws, the performances are very good and emotionally engaging. The actors are more subtle and natural than I expected them to be. I only hope that more of the lost score and audio tracks are discovered and restored someday. Shame on the studio for not taking better care of this historically important film.


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