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The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

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

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

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Shamus Tobin
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Christmas Morgan
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Buttercup Grogan
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Prince Louis de Laniere
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Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg
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Polak
Lauren Gilbert ...
Mr. Fitzgerald
Kathryn Card ...
Mrs. Wadlington
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Martita Hunt ...
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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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La inconquistable Molly Brown  »

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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 »

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When Buttercup Grogan is drinking beer with Molly, Johnny and Shamus, the level of beer in her glass goes from nearly full to nearly empty and back to nearly full. See more »

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Shamus Tobin: Serve the Lord and a hot breakfast, then you can look for your Irish Catholic man with the roof that don't leak.
Molly Brown: He's going to have to be more than an Irish Catholic.
Shamus Tobin: What more is there?
Molly Brown: Well if he's going to crawl in next to me, he's going to have to be the richest Irish Catholic next to the Pope.
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Featured in The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) See more »

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I AIN'T DOWN YET
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Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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Story so-so...musical numbers are fun
13 April 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I guess most anyone can hope (and relate) that the underdog will triumph over strong adversity, to become what they want or get whatever. Yes, even if they're as overbearing, obnoxious and deadset on gold-digging and social climbing their way out, as Molly's character unpretentiously sets out. I frankly found that aspect of her personality bothersome, yet she did grow in maturity, as the picture wore on.

Debbie Reynolds does a good job with the lead, although I personally would have preferred Tammy Grimes, from the Broadway debut of this musical. Harve Presnell is great as Johnny, and that voice is awesome. Ed Begley absolutely steals the show, as Shamus Tobin.

The spirited musical numbers are quite fun to watch, with "He's My Friend" being a standout. The film does seem to go on too long somewhat, as towards the end it was starting to drag. It won't exactly leave you too enthralled to move from your seat, but the film is entertaining. Nevermind some of the predictable storyline and dialogue, enjoy the musical numbers, and your time will be rewarded. Recommended.


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