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Show Boat (1951) was a Musical - Black-and-white Film directed by George Sidney and produced by Arthur Freed.

Show Boat was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyCharles RosherNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdolph Deutsch, Conrad SalingerNominated
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Musical Monday: Show Boat (1936)

on Aug 12, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Show Boat (1936) ? Musical #... Read full article


Musical Monday: Show Boat (1951)

on Jan 28, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Show Boat (1951)?? Musical #... Read full article


Show Boat (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 4, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Most of what I know about riverboats can be gleaned from Mark Twain, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, and that ever beloved Snoopy incarnation The World Famous River Boat Gambler. The 1936 musical Show Boat falls into that very same rich tradition but some clarification is in order. In truth, th... Read full article


Show Boat (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 4, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Most of what I know about riverboats can be gleaned from Mark Twain, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, and that ever beloved Snoopy incarnation The World Famous River Boat Gambler. The 1936 musical Show Boat falls into that very same rich tradition but some clarification is in order. In truth, th... Read full article


Show Boat - The Story Behind One of America's Greatest Musicals

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 6, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

A Ziegfeld show typically summons to mind images of glorified girls in fantastic headdresses descending twirling staircases to the strains of haunting melodies. Florenz Ziegfeld was the great glorifier of the American girl, it’s true. It is also true that he produced lavish revues brimming wit... Read full article


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Julie: Pride is smaller than kindness.


Magnolia: Julie, nothing's changed.
Julie: [embracing Magnolia] Oh Nollie, Nollie, always true! Stay happy now.


Julie: Mister... if you ever get to see Nollie, not get together with her I mean, but- if you ever do get to talk to her, don't ever tell her you saw me; I mean, don't ever tell her you saw me like this.


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Ava Gardner's original vocal track of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and Annette Warren's dubbed-in vocal track of the song were both modelled on Lena Horne's rendition of it in the then-recent M-G-M biography of Jerome Kern, "Till the Clouds Roll By". Warren's vocal tracks of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Bill", not Ava Gardner's, were the ones that eventually ended up being used in the film.
The original production of Showboat opened in the Ziegfeld Theater on December 27, 1927 and ran for 572 performances.
This was the first film shown on a television network in 1972. It made its network television debut on "NBC Monday Night at the Movies", on the night of January 3 of that year. (No films were shown on January 1 or January 2nd because of the football.)
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