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Show Boat

James Whale | 1936 | 113 MINS
Based on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit, this musical spans four decades in the lives of performers on a Mississippi river boat.

In Detail

Sheltered beauty Magnolia Hawks (Irene Dunne) takes over as the show's leading lady when mulatto Julie (Helen Morgan) and her white husband are forced out of town by a narrow-minded sheriff.

Charismatic opportunist Gaylord Ravenal (Allan Jones) wins Magnolia's heart, but his gambling losses threaten to ruin their chances for a happy marriage. This is a superb film version of one of the classic American musicals with the high point, now and forever, being Paul Robeson singing his immortal rendition of ‘Ol' Man River.’ Screening during Black History Month, and in conjunction with a talk on Robeson on Oct 14.