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Show Boat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A VERY disappointing film...

    Even though this is the only version of Show Boat done in color, this version of Show Boat was disappointing. Ava Gardner had to have her voice dubbed. Kathryn Grayson is talented but I don't think she was well suited for the part of Magnolia. During the scene where she's singing "After The Ball" people were continuously shouting "I can't hear you!" And I could see (or hear, rather) why. The acting was not very good, the singing only a little better. The music in this film was not done very well. There were also gaps in the movie. Overall, this movie was a sleeper. If you want to hear Jerome Kern's music as it is meant to be heard, you should watch the 1936 version with Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, and Charles Winniger.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Keeps Rollin'

    SHOW BOAT was a huge hit when released, and is certainly beautiful to look at and listen to. The criticisms of it for a modern audience usually fall on Kathryn Grayson, whose voice sounds a little like the chirpy voice of Snow White. The script is very different from the stage show, as are the tempos of some of the songs. Still, it is packed with a lot to enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still a Whale of a Musical

    First saw this movie on the late show when I was a kid, and fell in love with it from the first. Sure, it has some flaws, but the music is glorious, the cinematography is strong, and overall the performances are first rate. I've hummed tunes from this ever since that first viewing. You don't get better than Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and William Warfield vocally! Who cares that Ava Gardner's vocals were dubbed? She still makes a beautiful and tragic Julie. Get over the quibbles about this version of Show Boat and enjoy it for what it is...great entertainment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not that Bad!

    I have heard nothing but negative comments about this film from critics. Many people claim that this version pales in comparison to the 1936 version which is yet to be released on DVD. However, I am here to tell you that the movie is beautiful to look at, thanks to George Sidney and the music is legendary, thanks to Jerome Kern and Hammerstein. The foggy early morning scene where Joe sings Ol' Man River is the best scene in the movie, and strikes an emotional punch that will stay with you forever!

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