Show Boat


Coral Gables Art Cinema Tue, Jun 15, 2021 7:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Tue, Nov 21, 2023 7:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1951
Director:George Sidney
Rating:Not Rated


Magnolia Hawks (Kathryn Grayson) has grown up aboard the Mississippi show boat Cotton Blossom, owned by her father Cap'n Andy. Her best friend is the show's lead actress, Julie LaVerne (Ava Gardner), but Magnolia's mother disapproves of the relationship. When a spurned lover reveals that Julie is a mulatto, roles are recast and Magnolia now finds herself as the star of the show - opposite her crush, Gaylord Ravenal (Howard Keel). Show Boat has the ingredients of a winning film: glorious stars in Technicolor radiance, a made-from-scratch 170-foot paddle wheeler, timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. Featuring the songs "Ol' Man River," "Where's the Mate for Me?" "Make Believe," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Recalling her first reaction to hearing "Ol' Man River", Edna Ferber (whose novel the film is based on) said, "This was music that would outlast Kern's day and mine." She was right as rain.