Show Boat
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This second film version of the Edna Ferber/Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat is considered by many film buffs to be the best of the three. Covering nearly four decades (was there ever an Edna Ferber novel that didn't?), the film stars Irene Dunne as Magnolia Hawks, a role she'd previously played on stage, though not in the Broadway version. The daughter of showboat impresario Captain Andy (Charles Winninger, who was in the Broadway original), Magnolia is swept off her feet by dashing gambler Gaylord Ravenal (Allan Jones). Yearning to appear on the showboat stage,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The director] recognizes he's making a film, not just a record of a stage production. The strong source material doesn't hurt [...] and neither do the [...] performances of actors who know their characters inside and out."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Best version is this truly classic version; superior musical on all counts"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Represents the apex of Hollywood musical productions."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"Hands down the best version of the stage show. Brilliantly conceived and executed by James Whale."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The great booming voice of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River" throughout is as good a number as was ever done in a musical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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