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Show Boat

1936

The source material for SHOW BOAT (1936), Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name, was serialized in Women’s Home Companion in 1926 and adapted into a Broadway musical the following year, followed by other stage productions and three feature films. Many stars reprised their stage roles in this version, including Irene Dunn, Allan Jones, Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson—who sang his signature song “Ol’ Man River.”  SHOW BOAT was the last feature presented by Universal president and founder Carl Laemmle… Learn more at the AFI Catalog

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