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Show Boat (1951)

Director: George Sidney     Starring: Kathryn Grayson Ava Gardner
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40134238
UPC: 012569509429
UPC 14: 00012569509429
Rating: NR
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Come one, come all, to the Show Boat show!
The cotton blossom, owned by the hawk family, is the show boat where everyone comes for great musical entertainment down south. Julie laverne and her husband are the stars of the show.
Editor's Note
This vivacious remake of the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein musical (based on an Edna Ferber novel) about life on a Mississippi riverboat tracks the hardships of Julie Laverne (Ava Gardner), a mulatto trying to pass for white while also following the course of a tumultuous love between a captain's daughter, Magnolia Hawks (Kathryn Grayson), and an itinerant gambler, Gaylord Ravenal (Howard Keel). Gardner (with help from Annette Warren, whose voice was overdubbed for Gardner's songs) gives a heartbreaking performance, and Grayson's clear, pure voice soars, set off magnificently by Keel's rich baritone. The film stands as a classic for both its surprising emotional impact and its well-known score, featuring timeless gems such as "Old Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' that Man of Mine."


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/15/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1951
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65094
Video UPC UPC: 00012569509429
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ava Gardner
Video Cast Info Howard Keel
Video Cast Info Joe E. Brown
Video Cast Info Kathryn Grayson
Video Cast Info Edna Ferber - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Oscar Hammerstein II - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Charles Rosher - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info George Sidney - Director
Video Cast Info Jerome Kern - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Arthur Freed - Producer
Video Cast Info John Lee Mahin - Screenplay


Oscar (1952)
   Video Award Name Charles Rosher, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger, Nominee, Best Musuic, Scoring For A Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...[Enjoy] that glorious Kern-Hammerstein score....Musical lovers, your BOAT has come in." -- Rating: A 07/21/1995 p.74

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 9 of 10
...acted with sincerity, stylishly shot and staged. Gardner makes a beautiful and poignant Julie. Timeless Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II songs...

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Grayson,Kathryn
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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