Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 2, 1951

Show Boat (M-G-M), launched as a novel by Edna Ferber 25 years ago and as a Broadway musical hit a year later, has steamed across the screen twice before, in 1929 and 1936, but never with such a lavish hand at the helm. M-G-M poured $2,400,000 into the latest voyage, refitted the venerable Cotton Blossom with a bight profusion of crisply Technicolored costumes, sets and vistas. The memorable Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score (Ol' Man River, Make Believe, Why Do I Love You?) is as dependable a mainstay as ever. But never has Show...

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