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Show Boat (1936)

 





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Show Boat (1936)

In director James Whale's 1936 version of the musical drama [Note: the film was remade as the colorful Show Boat (1951) by director George Sidney with a toned-down version of "Ol' Man River" sung by Joe (William Warfield)]:

  • the classic scene of the singing of the immortal song "Ol' Man River" by black stevedore Joe (Paul Robeson), filmed with a sweeping 270 degree camera pan around him and accompanied by an expressionistic montage
  • the poignant, solo performance of "Bill" by Julie (Helen Morgan)


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