Show Boat (1936) Poster



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Version of 

Show Boat (1929)
Show Boat (1951)
Great Performances: Show Boat (1989) (TV Episode)


Referenced in 

My Man Godfrey (1936)
At one point, Godfrey and Tommy Gray are looking at the polluted stream in the garbage dump, and Gray asks, "What's that?" Godfrey replies, "Oh, that? That's Ol' Man River", a reference to the song from the musical "Show Boat", which Universal also filmed in 1936.
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
The opening scene showing the show boat in the distance; also the arrival and introduction of the players spoofs the introduction of the players in "Show Boat".
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
During one of his daydreams, in a nod to "Show Boat"'s Gaylord Ravenal, Mitty imagines himself as Gaylord Mitty, a riverboat gambler. During one of the songs, Mitty utters the line "Tote dat barge, lift dat veil", a deliberate misquote from the song "Ol' Man River".
Mississippi Hare (1949) (Short)
The Miniver Story (1950)
"Ol' Man River" is heard playing in the background in one scene, and the dialogue makes references to the lyrics of the song.
Omnibus: The American Musical Comedy (1956) (TV Episode)
The orchestra plays a medley of "Make Believe and "Ol' Man River" as Bernstein speaks.
The Twentieth Century: New York in the Twenties (1961) (TV Episode)
Helen Morgan is shown at a party singing some of "Bill".
West Side Story (1961)
Anybodys speaks the line "What a bunch of Old Man Rivers! They must know somethin' and they don't say nothin'!"
The Mike Douglas Show: Episode dated 19 October 1966 (1966) (TV Episode)
Features a song from this film.
Good Neighbors: Just My Bill (1975) (TV Episode)
The title 'Just My Bill' is a lyric from the song "Bill" from 'Showboat'.
Soap: Episode #2.4 (1978) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
American Pop (1981)
One scene features a singer with the voice of Helen Morgan singing "Bill".
The Mask (1994)
A song is heard as background music.
She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (1999) (Short)
mentioned once
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! (2000) (Video)
mentioned once
Jazz: Swing: Pure Pleasure - 1935-1937 (2001) (TV Episode)
Title shown on movie theater marquee.
The Simpsons: Simpsons Tall Tales (2001) (TV Episode)
Dr. Hibbert sings "Ol' Man River."
Still Waiting... (2009) (Video)
someone is called 'Old Man River'
Community: Romantic Expressionism (2010) (TV Episode)
Vaughn refers to Pierce as "Ol' Man River."
Schmo Boat (2015) (Short)
Title spoof and referenced in dialogue.


Show Boat (1929)
A brief shot of children running toward the river landing as the show boat arrives was shown in the 1936 film version.

Featured in 

The All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing Show (1973) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Musical Comedy Tonight III (1985) (TV Movie)
Clips from this film are shown.
The Show Boat Story (1989) (TV Movie)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995) (TV Movie)
Hattie McDaniel is seen briefly is a clip from "Show Boat".
The Universal Story (1995) (TV Movie)
Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River"
Classified X (1998) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (2004) (TV Movie)
The song "Ol' Man River" is #24 on the list.
Broadway: The American Musical (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
This documentary features clips of Paul Robeson and Helen Morgan in scenes from the 1936 "Show Boat".
Broadway: The American Musical: Give My Regards to Broadway: 1893-1927 (2004) (TV Episode)
Many clips from the movie are shown.
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (2009) (TV Movie)
Clip of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River".
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II (2012) (TV Movie)
Scenes are shown.

Spoofed in 

The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #10.21 (1977) (TV Episode)
Parodied as "Riverboat".

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