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Show Boat / Showboat


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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
8.36 /10
 
Starring
Irene Dunne , Allan Jones , Helen Morgan
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Directed by: James Whale
Written by: Oscar Hammerstein Jr, from his own musical play with music by Jerome Kern

 
 
 
Released: 1936
   
Genre: DRAMA
MUSICAL
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 110
 
 


 
Magnolia Hawks (Irene Dunne), a singer on a Mississippi River showboat, falls for unreliable gambler Gaylord Ravenal (Allan Jones).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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British director James Whale, best known for quirky horror films such as The Bride of Frankenstein , turns in a glossily produced musical with plenty of pace, though he never solves the problem of a screenplay which leaps about in time too much (greatly diminishing the impact of the final half-hour) and leaves too many plot strands dangling. Even as it is, the cast is magnificent, the racial sub-plot is touching, and the numbers - especially Old Man River, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine, and Bill - are, of course, classics.


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