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Show Boat (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Musical | 24 September 1951 (USA)
The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

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24 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,295,429 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,293,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,621,000, 31 December 1951
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was the truncated Show Boat sequence in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) that prompted MGM to produce a full-fledged remake of the property. Before production started, the studio purchased the prints and negatives of Universal Pictures' two previous film versions of the property, and ceased further distribution of both so as not to compete with the remake's box office take. The 1929 part-talkie was, for decades, believed to be lost, and did not resurface until its laserdisc release in the 1990s, with the legendary Ziegfeld prologue surviving only in audio form. The faithful, highly regarded 1936 version was unable to be seen for thirty years, turning up in the mid-1980s on the early cable television network Wometco Home Theater, and finding its way to videocassette shortly thereafter. See more »

Goofs

At one point, Magnolia (Kathryn Grayson) refers to Lady Southweight and Hamilton Barsdale as being characters in "Tempest and Sunshine", a melodrama adapted from a then-popular novel. There are no such characters in that play. In the scene in which Cap'n Andy (Joe E. Brown) introduces the show boat actors to the crowd, Julie (Ava Gardner) and Steve (Robert Sterling) make another reference to Hamilton, and Cap'n Andy then says: "You have to see the play tonight folks, to learn their secret - "Tempest and Sunshine", beautiful drama of tears and laughter". See more »

Quotes

Julie: Pride is smaller than kindness.
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Crazy Credits

Some prints of this film spell Leif Erickson's name the correct way in the opening credits; others spell it as "Lief Erickson". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Cakewalk
(1927) (uncredited)
from "Act I Finale"
Played by Cotton Blossom pit orchestra
Danced by Marge Champion and Gower Champion in background during miscegenation sequence
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Take it for what it is..
11 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Please people! Try not to over-analyze, like so many others have done in the other comments about this fabulous Techno-color classic from the early 1950's Hollywood. It isn't supposed to be a carbon-copy remake of the older 1936 version nor is it supposed to be making any sort of PC statements about race! Times changed and so did the attitudes and views of most americans, especially after WWII. Take it for what it is! A great musical wrapped around a love story. Beautiful lead actress, strong male lead and awesome broadway style tunes sung by great voices, especially William Warfield's "Old man River"!


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