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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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Storyline

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HERE IT COMES! The M-G-M "SHOW BOAT"! See more »


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24 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Magnolia  »

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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

Poster advertisements for this film completely omitted Leif Erickson's name, while in the actual film credits, Erickson is billed before William Warfield (even though his role is smaller than Warfield's). See more »

Goofs

When the townspeople are rushing to see the show boat at the beginning, the camera crew's shadow is visible on the road. See more »

Quotes

Magnolia: How are your others?
Gaylord Ravenal: Huh? What's that, honey?
Magnolia: Your other bets! Yesterday's and last night's and all those "one last round before we break it up" bets! Were they just as good?
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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

Referenced in Omnibus: The American Musical Comedy (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Cakewalk
(reprise) (1927) (uncredited)
(from the Act I Finale)
Music by Jerome Kern
Danced by Joe E. Brown and Sheila Clark
Banjo played onscreen by William Warfield and harmonica played onscreen by Owen McGiveney
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gorgeous
25 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

The plot may be changed a little, but it is still wonderful stuff, with a cast to die for. A great weepy love story, some fantastic dance sequences from the Champions, a sweet couple of leading ladies in Grayson and Gardner, and a high dose of comedy along the way. All this and Ol' Man River. The perfect Sunday afternoon wallow.


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