The "Cotton Blossom", owned by the Hawk family, is the show boat where everyone comes for great musical entertainment down south. Julie LaVerne and her husband are the stars of the show. After a snitch on board calls the local police that Julie (who's half- African-American) is married to a white man, they are forced to leave the show boat. The reason being, that down south interracial marriages are forbidden. Magnolia Hawk, Captain Andy Hawks' daughter, becomes the new show boat attraction and her leading man is Gaylord Ravenal, a gambler. The two instantly fall in love, and marry, without Parthy Hawks approval. Magnolia and Gaylord leave the "Cotton Blossom" for a whirl-wind honeymoon and to live in a Pl: fantasy world. Magnolia soon faces reality quickly, that gambling means more to Gaylord than anything else. Magnolia confronts Gaylord and after he gambles away their fortune he leaves her - not knowing she is pregnant. Magnolia is left penniless and pregnant, and is left to fend ...Written by
when Ellie May and Frank discover Nolie in the apartment they're looking at, Nolie goes into the bedroom to find the note left by Gay. The note is laying open on the table with the money visible sitting on it. In the close up the note is closed and the money drops out of it as Nolie picks it up to read it. See more »
How are your others?
Huh? What's that, honey?
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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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 »
Early preview showings of this film featured Ava Gardner's own singing voice, before the film was officially released with Ava overdubbed by Annette Warren. See more »
While it's far from one of my favorite musicals, I did enjoy this version of Show Boat quite a bit. The songs are nice, particularly "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Loving Dat Man." The sets, costumes, and Technicolor are all beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, the great Ava Gardner really steals the show here. Despite only playing a supporting part, she's riveting to watch and left a lasting impression on me. That's more than I can say for leads Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel, who are both a little on the dull side. Joe E. Brown is fun to watch in a supporting part. Agnes Moorehead is wasted, however, as Brown's old crow of a wife. She basically just shows up a few times to be a shrew. There are quite a few themes in this that were risqué for their time but won't have as much impact today. Oddly enough, the 1936 film version of Show Boat was more gritty than this one. Both versions are good, though, and you should see them both if you like classic musicals.
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