Rent Show Boat (1936)

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1h 53min
Rent Show Boat (aka Edna Ferber's Show Boat) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein Il's immortal musical adaptation of Edna Ferber's sprawling novel receives its most faithful and enduring cinematic treatment under the elegant direction of James Whale. A rich portrait of changing American entertainment traditions and race relations, 'Show Boat' spans five decades and three generations as it follows the fortunes of the stage struck Magnolia (Irene Dunne), an aspiring actor whose journey takes her from her family's humble floating playhouse in the 1880's South to the bright footlights of the 1930's North.
The cast of show-business legends includes Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger, and the great Paul Robeson, whose iconic, soul-shaking rendition of "Ol' Man River" is one of the crowning glories of the American stage and screen.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Carl Laemmle Jr
Writers:
Edna Ferber, Oscar Hammerstein II, Zoe Akins
Aka:
Edna Ferber's Show Boat
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
113 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2020
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary from 1989 featuring American-musical historian Miles Kreuger
  • New interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis
  • Recognizing Race in "Show Boat", a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award-winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored
  • Four performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of Show Boat, including songs from original Broadway cast members Helen Morgan, Jules Bledsoe, and Tess Gardella, plus twenty minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger
  • Two radio adaptations of 'Show Boat', featuring stage and screen cast members Morgan, Allan Jones, and Charles Winninger; producer Orson Welles; and novelist Edna Ferber
  • An essay by critic Gary Giddins

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