Come one, come all to the Show Boat show! From novel (by Edna Ferber) to Broadway smash (by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) to three film versions (1929, 1936, 1951) to stage revivals. Like Ol' Man River, Show Boat just keeps rollin' along. Produced by Arthur Freed and directed by George Sidney, this 1951 version of the saga of riverboat lives and loves has glorious stars (Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion) in Technicolor® radiance, a made-from-scratch 170-foot paddle wheeler, timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. "This was music that would outlast Kern's day and mine," Ferber said in recalling her first reaction to hearin Ol' Man River. She was right as rain.

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Show Boat (1951)

Unrated

Musical/Romance/Drama · 1h 48m · 7/17/1951

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Come one, come all to the Show Boat show! From novel (by Edna Ferber) to Broadway smash (by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) to three film versions (1929, 1936, 1951) to stage revivals. Like Ol' Man River, Show Boat just keeps rollin' along. Produced by Arthur Freed and directed by George Sidney, this 1951 version of the saga of riverboat lives and loves has glorious stars (Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion) in Technicolor® radiance, a made-from-scratch 170-foot paddle wheeler, timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. "This was music that would outlast Kern's day and mine," Ferber said in recalling her first reaction to hearin Ol' Man River. She was right as rain.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Budget

$2,295,429

Revenue

$7,621,000
Part Of
Cast
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Kathryn Grayson

Magnolia Hawks
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Ava Gardner

Julie LaVerne
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Howard Keel

Gaylord Ravenal
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Joe E. Brown

Cap'n Andy Hawks
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Marge Champion

Ellie May Shipley
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Gower Champion

Frank Schultz
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Robert Sterling

Steven Baker
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Agnes Moorehead

Parthy Hawks
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Leif Erickson

Pete (as Lief Erickson)
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William Warfield

Joe
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Boyd Ackerman

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Bette Arlen

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Mary Bezemes

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Chet Brandenburg

Man at New Years Celebration (uncredited)
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Carol Brewster

Girl (uncredited)
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Peter Camlin

Croupier (uncredited)
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Sue Casey

New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
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Chick Chandler

Trocadero Stage Assistant (uncredited)
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Linda Christian

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Sheila Clark

Kim Ravenal - Age 4 (uncredited)
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John Crawford

Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Frank Dae

Doctor (uncredited)
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Nova Dale

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Roy Damron

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Anne Dore

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Michael Dugan

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Marietta Elliott

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Lisa Ferraday

Renee (uncredited)
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Bess Flowers

Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Person Photo

George Ford

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Robert Fortier

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Dan Foster

Deckhand (uncredited)
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Mary Jane French

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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William Hall

Bouncer (uncredited)
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Len Hendry

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Earle Hodgins

Riverboat Bartender (uncredited)
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Shep Houghton

Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
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Tom Irish

Bellboy (uncredited)
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Claude Jaeger

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Joyce Jameson

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Michael Jeffers

Poker Player (uncredited)
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Adele Jergens

Cameo McQueen (uncredited)
Person Photo

Edward Keane

Hotel Manager (uncredited)
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Helen Kimbell

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Marilyn Kinsley

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Person Photo

Fuzzy Knight

Trocadero Piano Player (uncredited)
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Judy Landon

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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John Phillip Law

Extra (uncredited)
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Norman Leavitt

George the Calliope Player (uncredited)
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Meredith Leeds

New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
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George Lynn

Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
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Ian MacDonald

Drunken Sport (uncredited)
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Alice Markham

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Maurice Marks

Dancer (uncredited)
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Alphonse Martell

Headwaiter (uncredited)
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Owen McGiveney

Windy McClain (uncredited)
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Louis Mercier

Dabney - Poker Player (uncredited)
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Ida Moore

Little Old Lady (uncredited)
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Anna Q. Nilsson

Seamstress (uncredited)
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Emory Parnell

Jake Green (uncredited)
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Gil Perkins

Player (uncredited)
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James Pierce

Doorman (uncredited)
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Tao Porchon

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Allan Ray

Elevator Operator (uncredited)
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Charles Regan

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Al Rhein

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Mitchell Rhein

Show Spectator (uncredited)
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Suzanne Ridgway

Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Person Photo

Bert Roach

Drunk (uncredited)
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Joseph Roach

Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Robert Robinson

Man at New Years Celebration (uncredited)
Person Photo

Jean Romaine

New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
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Harry Seymour

Riverboat Piano Player (uncredited)
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George Sherwood

Trainer (uncredited)
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Carl Sklover

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Bob Stebbins

Bellhop (uncredited)
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William Tannen

Man with Julie (uncredited)
Person Photo

Regis Toomey

Sheriff Ike Vallon (uncredited)
Person Photo

Dee Turnell

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Mitzie Uehlien

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Annette Warren

Julie LaVerne (singing voice) (uncredited)
Person Photo

Frank Wilcox

Gambler Mark Hallson (uncredited)
Person Photo

Lyn Wilde

Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Person Photo

Frances E. Williams

Queenie (uncredited)
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Marjorie Wood

Landlady (uncredited)
Crew
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George Sidney

Director
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John Lee Mahin

Writer
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Jerome Kern

Writer
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Oscar Hammerstein II

Writer
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Edna Ferber

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Show Boat

(DVD, Snapper)

8/8/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

Show Boat

(DVD)

5/5/2009

Disc Title Front Cover

Show Boat

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

8/20/1997

Disc Title Front Cover

Show Boat

(Blu-ray)

2/23/2021

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