Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1964. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the play by Richard Morris. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp. Produced by Lawrence Weingarten. Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Calvin Jackson. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Morton Haack. Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.
The story of Molly Brown, rags-to-riches society lady and Titanic survivor, is told in this exuberant musical. Debbie Reynolds is a fantastic spitfire as Brown, who marries her gold-mining boyfriend (Harve Presnell) before he strikes it rich and moves her to a giant house and the life of a queen. Molly becomes distressed when she realizes that society looks down on her for her humble beginnings; determined to never be “sunk”, Brown takes a European tour to acquire as much culture as she possibly can. The voyage home ends on the historic, legendary journey of that most famous ship, where Molly once again announces that it is impossible to sink her! Those who loved Kathy Bates’s spirited portrayal of the character in James Cameron’s blockbuster hit should definitely take a look at this very enjoyable film.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress (Debbie Reynolds); Best Cinematography-Colour; Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour; Best Sound; Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Debbie Reynolds)