MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,150 this week

Show Boat (1936)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  17 May 1936 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 1,827 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 23 critic

Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Director:

Writers:

, (stage play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 14 Sep 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 09 Sep 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Apr 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Show Boat (1936)

Show Boat (1936) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Show Boat.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Charles Winninger ...
...
Joe
...
Helen Westley ...
Queenie Smith ...
Sammy White ...
Donald Cook ...
...
Francis X. Mahoney ...
Rubber Face
...
Sunnie O'Dea ...
Arthur Hohl ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Adaptation of the Broadway musical. Magnolia Hawks is the lovely but protected, and thus very naive, daughter of Cap'n Andy Hawks, the genial proprietor of a show boat that cruises the Missisippi, and his nagging wife, Parthy. She is best friends with the show boat's star, Julie LaVerne, but Julie and her husband Steve are forced to leave when it is revealed that Julie has "Negro" blood in her, thereby breaking the state law by being married to the white Steve. Magnolia replaces Julie as the show boat's female star, and the show's new male star is the suave gambler Gaylord Ravenal. "Nola" and Gaylord fall in love and marry against Parthy's wishes. They and their young daughter lead the high life when Gaylord is lucky in gambling, but live like dirt when he's unlucky. During one such unlucky streak, a broken Gaylord leaves Nola, and she is forced to start over by returning to the stage. Like Old Man River, as the famous song from this show goes, she just keeps rollin' along. Written by Tommy Peter

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | showboat | song | missouri | singer | See more »

Taglines:

Sensation of 1936! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edna Ferber's Show Boat  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Until 2014, the film was not officially released on a U.S. DVD, although the 1951 Technicolor remake had been available in that format since its early years. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Cap'n Andy introduces his actors to the crowd, a young woman looks off to the side absent-mindedly as the captain begins to introduce Ellie. As soon as he mentions Ellie's name, the young woman seems to snap to attention and automatically smiles broadly and gives out a loud cheer along with the rest of the crowd. See more »

Quotes

Chorus: [first lines; the opening credits are halfway through and still being shown, when we hear the black chorus singing offscreen:] Darkies all work while the white men play,/Loading up boats with the bales of cotton/ Gittin' no rest till de Judgement Day. /Git yourself a brand new gal, /A lovin' baby who's the apple of your eye,/ Coal Black Rose or High Brown Sal,/ They always bake the sparrer and the chickin pie!/ Darkies all work on the Mississippi,/Darkies all work while the white folks play/ ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits for this film say "A James Whale Production" although Whale did not produce the film, while the film's posters say "A Carl Laemmle, Jr. Production", and Laemmle did produce the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Pop (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Where's the Mate for Me?
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Allan Jones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Best of the Best
18 June 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

I was too young to see this version until well after the 1951 one had fixed a certain standard in my brain. It took a TCM rerun to open my eyes. Mind you, I still like the 1951 production very well indeed, but there is a depth of story, song, and character in this one that makes it overall the better of the two (and the "best" of a larger lot).

First, you have Paul Robeson and Helen Morgan. Both are icons who needed no dubbing no matter where or when they sang standards like "Old Man River" and "Just My Bill." Then there is Hattie McDaniel in a role largely skipped in the 1951 movie. And a greater selection of minor songs prevails as well. Indeed, the inclusion of many black people who are missing from the later film give it a unique richness.

Black and white never looked so good.


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Warfield or Robeson- whose rendition do you like better? TheLittleSongbird
Disappointed IreneEDevine
Hattie !! tarafan-1
Irene Dunne in 1936 Show Boat JessQ
Showboat 1936 Film gordon-blackburn
Easily the best version moviejoe79
Discuss Show Boat (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?