Show Boat
Show Boat (1936)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 14, 1936
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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

[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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Best version is this truly classic version; superior musical on all counts

Phil Hall

Represents the apex of Hollywood musical productions.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hands down the best version of the stage show. Brilliantly conceived and executed by James Whale.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The great booming voice of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' Man River" throughout is as good a number as was ever done in a musical.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
this is the show boat to watch, and in spite of irene dunn's blackface number, one of the most racially sensitive films i've seen from the… More
jay nixon
Somewhat more faithful to the book and it does record Helen Morgan's legendary stage performance but the later Ava Gardner version is still the superior… More