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  • It took me a long time to actually get through Show Boat in one sitting, and while I agree it's a classic motion picture, for some reason I don't watch it that often
  • Actually, when I watch Show Boat, the performances I like the most come from the very entertaining Joe E
  • Ava Gardner does give an excellent performance as Julie, and Kathryn Grayson is enchanting as Magnolia, but I rather enjoy Brown and Moorehead the best

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      It took me a long time to actually get through Show Boat in one sitting, and while I agree it’s a classic motion picture, for some reason I don’t watch it that often. It’s another musical that features Howard Keel, and for some reason, his pictures are ones that rarely thrill me to any extent.

      It’s nothing against Keel. He’s a fine actor and his voice is very bold and dramatic, but it doesn’t hook me.

      George Sidney directed this 1951 MGM release that features some wonderful songs. There’s the heartwrenching Bill number, for example. I always think about Helen Morgan when I hear that song.

      Actually, when I ...


      • watch Show Boat, the performances I like the most come from the very entertaining Joe E. Brown and Agnes Moorehead. They make the craziest couple who own the Show Boat. They make me smile and they were such characters here. Ava Gardner does give an excellent performance as Julie, and Kathryn Grayson is
        enchanting as Magnolia, but I rather enjoy Brown and Moorehead the best.

        Show Boat has the classic Ol’ Man River, sung by William Warfield. It is moving and powerful; it’s a show stopper for Show Boat. It’s my favorite song and my favorite part of the movie.

        Show Boat is good; it just doesn’t quite float my personal boat.




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