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Aro Recommended Show Boat


USA 1936, 113 minutes
Dir. James Whale
Rating: [G]
Genres: Classics / Musical

Topics: Showbiz.


Aroview: A faithful adaptation of Oscar Hammerstein's 1920's stage musical covering four decades as an aspiring actor goes from working a Mississippi river-boat to hitting the big time.

Offering greater period authenticity and a more complex depiction of Black America than the better-known technicolour MGM version from 1951, this black-and-white version is widely considered to be superior.

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DVD Features

2020 Criterion re-issue includes silent and sound exerpts from Universal's 1929 version of Show Boat.

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • no extra features
  • aspect ratio: 4:3 (original academy)

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