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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 in this fictionalized biopic of Margaret "Molly" Brown, who survived the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Helen Deutsch, Richard Morris (play)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie Reynolds ... Molly Brown
Harve Presnell ... 'Leadville' Johnny J. Brown
Ed Begley ... Shamus Tobin
Jack Kruschen ... Christmas Morgan
Hermione Baddeley ... Buttercup Grogan
Vassili Lambrinos Vassili Lambrinos ... Prince Louis de Laniere
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg
Harvey Lembeck ... Polak
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Kathryn Card Kathryn Card ... Mrs. Wadlington
Hayden Rorke ... Malcolm Broderick
Harry Holcombe ... Mr. Wadlington
Amy Douglass Amy Douglass ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
George Mitchell ... Monsignor Ryan
Martita Hunt ... Grand Duchess Elise Lupavinova
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Storyline

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! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La inconquistable Molly Brown See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,167,200
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is Debbie Reynolds's personal favorite of her movies. See more »

Goofs

The Molly Brown House in Denver is actually quite small. Only one room had a smidgen of red wallpaper (she also thought too much red to be gauche). Her parties were well-attended (although the orchestra played from the balcony outdoors and serenaded the whole neighborhood), and she was accepted by her peers even before the Titanic. The larger house, which she named Avoca, was at the time outside of Denver. Both houses are restored and open to the public. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shamus Tobin: [and Murphy] Belly up, belly up to the bar, boys / Better loosen your belts...
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Crazy Credits

introducing Harve Presnell See more »

Alternate Versions

In the past, TCM has shown a version with Overture and Exit Music that ran 135 minutes. It also had a slightly different aspect ratio. See more »

Connections

Featured in Timewatch: Myths of the Titanic (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

BELLY UP TO THE BAR, BOYS
(uncredited)
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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What a girl!...and what a musical!
28 June 2001 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

One of my favorite shows with plenty of singin' and dancin' all the way from the simple countryside, to the big city, and over to the even bigger city life of Europe. Debbie plays a tomboy country girl who can't wait to leave the outback and live the high life in Denver. On the way to this better life she crosses paths with a prospector who changes her life and not always for her betterment as far as she is concerned. She finds that her dreams of wealth and a place in high society are not necessarily what will make her happy in the real world. This is a very delightful film with lots of beautiful scenery, props, and great performances by the entire cast.


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