My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Show Boat (1951)

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(out of 5)


Shallow adaptation of the Jerome Kern musical guts out the best parts of the play and leaves a shell of the original story. The main plot is of a show business family who travel on a giant showboat that goes from town to town bringing entertainment to residents of the Mississippi. The main characters are a half-black singer () who is rejected from the clan because of her race, and a beautiful young ingenue () who falls in love with the biggest, baddest manly man () of the south. Musical highlights include a gorgeous rendition of ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’, Gardner’s impassioned performance (to someone else’s vocals) of ‘My Bill’ and  and  performing a dance number. The film ends abruptly and without a proper resolution, but does have some atmospherically filmed sequences before doing so.


USA, 1951

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the musical play by , , from the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1951

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