Show Boat (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 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".
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".
"Ol' Man River" is heard playing in the background in one scene, and the dialogue makes references to the lyrics of the song.
The orchestra plays a medley of "Make Believe and "Ol' Man River" as Bernstein speaks.
Helen Morgan is shown at a party singing some of "Bill".
Anybodys speaks the line "What a bunch of Old Man Rivers! They must know somethin' and they don't say nothin'!"
Features a song from this film.
The title 'Just My Bill' is a lyric from the song "Bill" from 'Showboat'.
The show is mentioned.
One scene features a singer with the voice of Helen Morgan singing "Bill".
A song is heard as background music.
someone is called 'Old Man River'
Vaughn refers to Pierce as "Ol' Man River."
A brief shot of children running toward the river landing as the show boat arrives was shown in the 1936 film version.
Clips from this film are shown.
Hattie McDaniel is seen briefly is a clip from "Show Boat".
Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River"
The song "Ol' Man River" is #24 on the list.
This documentary features clips of Paul Robeson and Helen Morgan in scenes from the 1936 "Show Boat".
Many clips from the movie are shown.
Clip of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River".
Scenes are shown.
Parodied as "Riverboat".