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11 June 1964 (USA) See more »
Can a girl find happiness with $20,000,000? YOU BET!
A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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You Can Take Leadville Out Of The Girl, But Not Out Of The Guy See more (38 total) »


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Debbie Reynolds ... Molly Brown

Harve Presnell ... 'Leadville' Johnny J. Brown

Ed Begley ... Shamus Tobin

Jack Kruschen ... Christmas Morgan

Hermione Baddeley ... Buttercup Grogan
Vassili Lambrinos ... Prince Louis de Laniere
Fred Essler ... Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg

Harvey Lembeck ... Polak
Lauren Gilbert ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Kathryn Card ... Mrs. Wadlington

Hayden Rorke ... Malcolm Broderick

Harry Holcombe ... Mr. Wadlington
Amy Douglass ... Mrs. Fitzgerald

George Mitchell ... Monsignor Ryan

Martita Hunt ... Grand Duchess Elise Lupavinova

Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Cartwright

Anthony Eustrel ... Roberts

Audrey Christie ... Mrs. Gladys McGraw
Grover Dale ... Jam
Brendan Dillon ... Murphy
Maria Karnilova ... Daphne

Gus Trikonis ... Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Alton ... Miner (uncredited)
Maria Andre ... Countess Feranti (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Denver Party Guest (uncredited)

Eleanor Audley ... Mrs. Cartwright (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Benedetto ... Count Feranti (uncredited)
Martin Bolger ... Denver Stock Society (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Waiter (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... Passenger (uncredited)
Cathleen Cordell ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jennifer Crier ... Passenger (uncredited)
Beppie De Vries ... Simonetta (uncredited)
George Dega ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
James Drake ... Denver Party Guest (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Denver Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Giorgi ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Clive Halliday ... Passenger (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Lord Simon Primdale (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Miner (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Anna Lee ... Titanic Passenger in Lifeboat (uncredited)

Moyna MacGill ... Lady Prindale (uncredited)
Scott McCartor ... Ben (uncredited)
Sheila Menzies ... Passenger (uncredited)
Pat Moran ... Denver Party Guest (uncredited)

Ottola Nesmith ... Courtiere (uncredited)
George Nicholson ... Hotchkiss (uncredited)
Mary Ann Niles ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Maruja Plose ... Model (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Miner (uncredited)
Michael St. Clair ... Man at Tiller (uncredited)

Herb Vigran ... Denver Tour Spieler (uncredited)
Kathryn Wilson ... Denver Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Helen Deutsch 
Richard Morris  play

Produced by
Roger Edens .... associate producer
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
Leo Arnaud (uncredited)
Alexander Courage (uncredited)
Calvin Jackson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Costume Design by
Morton Haack 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup supervisor
Beau Wilson .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Visual Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special visual effects
Robert R. Hoag .... special visual effects
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
Cliff Shirpser .... matte camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor
Robert Armbruster .... music supervisor
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Jack Elliott .... orchestrator
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Calvin Jackson .... orchestrator
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Gennaro .... choreographer
Dore Schary .... stage presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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128 min
Color (Metrocolor) | Black and White (some shots)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (some prints)

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The original Broadway production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" opened at Winter Garden Theater on November 3, 1960 and ran for 532 performances. Harve Presnell recreated his stage role in the movie version.See more »
Continuity: When the Duchess is coming down the staircase at Molly's party, Molly elbows Gladys and tells her to curtsey. In the next shot, which is from farther back and takes in the guests and the staircase, the same exchange between Molly and Gladys is shown again.See more »
[first lines]
Shamus Tobin:[and Murphy] Belly up, belly up to the bar, boys / Better loosen your belts...
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
You Can Take Leadville Out Of The Girl, But Not Out Of The Guy, 18 March 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Debbie Reynolds stars in this boisterous adaption of the Broadway musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, based on the life of legendary Denver society woman and heroine of the Titanic disaster. It's a film role perfectly suited to Debbie Reynolds both musically and dramatically.

The Meredith Willson musical ran for 532 performances on Broadway and starred Tammy Grimes there. In the Hollywood tradition though, a movie name was thought to be needed. 1964 was a bad year for Broadway actresses who originated roles and did not get the film role. Julie Andrews also knew exactly how Tammy Grimes felt.

The one big difference is that no one had to dub Debbie Reynolds. Her singing and dancing is all a part of one remarkable role where the character ages and matures and there's a big difference in those two life functions. I'm of the firm belief that MGM cast her in this part because of her musical numbers in How the West Was Won which they also produced. Debbie may also still have been under contract to them from the old days.

Harve Presnell came over from Broadway to play her husband John J. Brown of Leadville, Colorado and who makes them both rich beyond their wildest dreams. But Molly's dreams are larger than John's and it causes their parting. Presnell has a terrific baritone voice and he unfortunately came along at the tail end of movie musicals. His next film was Paint Your Wagon and he got to sing They Call the Wind Maria which requires a real singer to do, not something Lee Marvin or Clint Eastwood could fake. Presnell's developed into a fine character actor though.

Years ago I happened to meet Ed Begley's widow at an event. She mentioned to me that her husband for all the great dramatic parts he played including winning an Oscar for Sweet Bird of Youth was at heart a song and dance man. He loved to get up and perform at parties and such. I said to her that the role of Debbie Reynolds's father in The Unsinkable Molly Brown must have been one he loved and she said it was his favorite. Begley certainly looks like he's having a great old time in the part.

Meredith Willson's score, while not as good as The Music Man still has some fine numbers. Debbie's infectious singing of I Ain't Down Yet is the high point. For Presnell his anthem to Colorado My Home if it isn't, it should be that state's official song.

The only criticism I have of the film is that as good as Molly Brown is here there was so much more to the woman that The Unsinkable Molly Brown doesn't even get into. She was a suffragette, a leader in reform of juvenile offender laws, a noted philanthropist, she wasn't just a party girl who got a chance for heroism on the Titanic. I wish that had been dealt with in the film and the Broadway musical.

For a rollicking good musical experience though, you cannot beat The Unsinkable Molly Brown. No putting this woman or this film down, ever.

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