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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screen play)
Jerome Kern (based on the immortal musical play "Show Boat" by) ...
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Release Date:
24 September 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's NEW! See more »
Plot:
The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(47 articles)
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 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 26 February 2014, 5:26 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kathryn Grayson ... Magnolia Hawks

Ava Gardner ... Julie LaVerne

Howard Keel ... Gaylord Ravenal

Joe E. Brown ... Cap'n Andy Hawks

Marge Champion ... Ellie May Shipley (as Marge)
Gower Champion ... Frank Schultz

Robert Sterling ... Steven Baker

Agnes Moorehead ... Parthy Hawks

Leif Erickson ... Pete (as Lief Erickson)
William Warfield ... Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boyd Ackerman ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mary Bezemes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Man at New Years Celebration (uncredited)
Carol Brewster ... Girl (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Croupier (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
Chick Chandler ... Trocadero Stage Assistant (uncredited)

Linda Christian ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sheila Clark ... Kim Ravenal - Age 4 (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Doctor (uncredited)
Nova Dale ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Roy Damron ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Anne Dore ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Marietta Elliott ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lisa Ferraday ... Renee (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
George Ford ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Robert Fortier ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Deckhand (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
William Hall ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Riverboat Bartender (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Irish ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Claude Jaeger ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)

Joyce Jameson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Adele Jergens ... Cameo McQueen (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Helen Kimbell ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marilyn Kinsley ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Fuzzy Knight ... Trocadero Piano Player (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

John Phillip Law ... Extra (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... George the Calliope Player (uncredited)
Meredith Leeds ... New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Drunken Sport (uncredited)
Alice Markham ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Windy McClain (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Dabney - Poker Player (uncredited)
Ida Moore ... Little Old Lady (uncredited)
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Seamstress (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Jake Green (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Player (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Doorman (uncredited)
Tao Porchon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mitchell Rhein ... Show Spectator (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Drunk (uncredited)
Joseph Roach ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Man at New Years Celebration (uncredited)
Jean Romaine ... New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Riverboat Piano Player (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Trainer (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Stebbins ... Bellhop (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Man with Julie (uncredited)

Regis Toomey ... Sheriff Ike Vallon (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mitzie Uehlien ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Annette Warren ... Julie LaVerne (uncredited) (singing voice)

Frank Wilcox ... Gambler Mark Hallson (uncredited)
Lyn Wilde ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Frances E. Williams ... Queenie (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... Landlady (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Sidney 
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screen play)

Jerome Kern (based on the immortal musical play "Show Boat" by) and
Oscar Hammerstein II (based on the immortal musical play "Show Boat" by)

Edna Ferber (from the novel by)

Produced by
Ben Feiner Jr. .... associate producer
Arthur Freed .... producer
Roger Edens .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning (film editor) (as John Dunning)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Edens .... director (sequence "Ol' Man River") (uncredited)
George Rhein .... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator (as Richard A. Pefferle)
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Man Ray .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... additional orchestrator
Adolph Deutsch .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Robert Tucker .... vocal arrangements
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dances
Peter Ballbusch .... montage sequences
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Miriam Golden .... ballet dancer (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
108 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (1951) (passed with cuts) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15118)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When preparations for this film version of "Show Boat" were begun as far back as 1944, Walter Huston and Ethel Barrymore were set to play Cap'n Andy and Parthy. Both finally had to back out of the production, and Huston eventually died before the film started shooting.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Trocadero Stage Assistant:[referring to Julie] What's the matter with her?
Jake Green:[holding up an empty glass of whiskey] Ehhh...
Trocadero Stage Assistant:She startin' in on a bust again?
Jake Green:She better not. These fool one-man gals! Their fella walks out on them and they gotta tear themselves apart till they hit bottom. And I gotta suffer for it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.14" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mis'ry's Comin' RoundSee more »

FAQ

How different, overall, is this 1951 film from the original show as well as the 1936 film?
What was so controversial about the opening number in the original stage version?
Is "Cotton Blossom", the opening chorus, sung the same way in this film as in the show?
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Take it for what it is.., 11 July 2004
Author: popnoff2001

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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