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Showboat

MGM bought the rights to this 1936 film of the Kern and Hammerstein musical when they launched their ponderous Technicolor remake in 1951. Reputedly, it's much better than the remake, and how could it be otherwise with Paul Robeson's rendition of "Ol' Man River"? James Whale (Bride of Frankenstein directed; with Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, and Helen Morgan.

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