Cinema: Reynolds to the Rescue

The Unsaleable Molly Brown is a massive song-and-dancer derived from Meredith Willson's also-ran Broadway musical of 1-960. Defying the laws of levity, it follows an ebullient, money-grubbing Irish lass who marries a miner and gets rich so she can sashay in Denver's high society. When the bluebloods snub her, she flounces off to Yurrup to bring home some dukes and duchesses, finally earns her place among the snobs and saves her marriage—for reasons clear only to musical comedy authors—by surviving the Titanic disaster.

Plot, though vaguely based on reality, is only one of Molly's...

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