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The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Musical | 11 June 1964 (USA)
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A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life.

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Christmas Morgan
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Prince Louis de Laniere
Fred Essler ...
Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg
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Polak
Lauren Gilbert ...
Mr. Fitzgerald
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Mrs. Wadlington
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Malcolm Broderick
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Mr. Wadlington
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Mrs. Fitzgerald
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Monsignor Ryan
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Grand Duchess Elise Lupavinova
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Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life -- a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in the world. Can she sing and play the piano? She assures the Leadville saloon keeper that she can and learns quickly. Soon she is the bride of Johnny Brown, who in a few years will be able to replace the original cigar wrapper wedding ring with a replica in gold and gemstones. But it takes more than a few million dollars to be accepted by Denver society. The Browns head for Europe and bring a few crowned heads back to Denver for a party that turns into a ballroom brawl. Molly goes to Europe alone, returning on the Titanic. She didn't survive a flood as a baby for the story to end here. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Can a girl find happiness with $20,000,000? YOU BET!


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11 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La inconquistable Molly Brown  »

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$13,167,200
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley MacLaine, the producers' original choice for the title role, later played a character based on Debbie Reynolds in Postcards from the Edge (1990). See more »

Goofs

A long shot during the Titanic sinking shows just the ship's bow deck being submerged, the water not even reaching the bridge. Yet the entire rest of the steamer is raised out of the water. The weight of the water filling only such a small section of the hull wouldn't be enough to accomplish that. See more »

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[first lines]
Shamus Tobin: [and Murphy] Belly up, belly up to the bar, boys / Better loosen your belts...
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introducing Harve Presnell See more »

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Featured in Connie and Carla (2004) See more »

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I'LL NEVER SAY NO
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Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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An Absolute Delight
30 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

What a fun movie! Debbie Reynolds does a wonderful job portraying Molly Brown, a poor, uncultured country girl who "makes good," but then finds herself having to fight (none too successfully) for acceptance among the rich crowd she finds herself suddenly thrown into. Always rising when she's down (unsinkable in other words) there's also a sense of discovery involved for Molly, as she finally comes to understand in a wonderfully dramatic moment in an otherwise hilarious film that even among her wealthy and regal European friends she is accepted because they find her amusing, and not because she's really accepted as one of them. The title of the movie, of course, comes specifically from the real-life Molly Brown's experience in surviving the Titanic disaster, as she returns home after making this discovery.

Yes, the movie is undoubtedly full of tall tales. But it's full of wonderful songs (Harve Presnell as Johnny Brown has a marvellous singing voice), pretty good acting and just a general sense of fun. Well worth the watching.


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