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Show Boat (14-May-1936)

Director: James Whale

Writer: Oscar Hammerstein II

From novel: Show Boat by Edna Ferber

From a play by: Oscar Hammerstein II

Music by: Jerome Kern

Producer: Carl Laemelle, Jr.

Keywords: Musical

When it is found that the leading lady on a Mississippi show boat has mixed blood and is miscegenate, the riverboat captain's daughter becomes her replacement. One of the finest musicals ever made, it includes three from the original 1927 Broadway cast: Charles Winninger, Helen Morgan, and Francis X. Mahoney. Paul Robeson sings what became his signature song, Ol' Man River. Entered 1996 into the National Film Registry. Superior to the MGM remake, Show Boat (1951).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Donald Cook
26-Sep-1901 1-Oct-1961 Viva Villa!
Irene Dunne
20-Dec-1898 4-Sep-1990 Penny Serenade
Arthur Hohl
21-May-1889 10-Mar-1964 Character actor
Allan Jones
14-Oct-1907 27-Jun-1992 Show Boat
J. Farrell MacDonald
14-Apr-1875 2-Aug-1952 My Darling Clementine
Hattie McDaniel
10-Jun-1893 26-Oct-1952 Mammy in Gone with the Wind
Helen Morgan
2-Aug-1900 9-Oct-1941 Show Boat
Paul Robeson
9-Apr-1898 23-Jan-1976 20th Century renaissance man
Helen Westley
28-Mar-1875 12-Dec-1942 Death Takes a Holiday
Charles Winninger
26-May-1884 27-Jan-1969 Show Boat


Irene Dunne   ...   Magnolia
Allan Jones   ...   Ravenal
Charles Winninger   ...   Cap'n Andy Hawks
Paul Robeson   ...   Joe
Helen Morgan   ...   Julie
Helen Westley   ...   Parthy
Queenie Smith   ...   Elly
Sammy White   ...   Frank
Donald Cook   ...   Steve
Hattie McDaniel   ...   Queenie
Francis X. Mahoney   ...   Rubber Face
Marilyn Knowlden   ...   Kim (as a Child)
Sunnie O'Dea   ...   Kim (at Sixteen)
Arthur Hohl   ...   Pete
Charles Middleton   ...   Vallon
J. Farrell MacDonald   ...   Windy
Clarence Muse   ...   Janitor


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