Vibrant as color swatches in a paint-store catalog, this remastered videodisc of Show Boat bring out all the literal and thematic glitter MGM applied to the films’ backstage-romance scenario. In Show Boat, Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel harmonize tenderly (though blandly) to Jerome Kern’s score while their delicately coordinated blue-and-purple outfits make equally beautiful visual music. The circuitry in VCRs simply can’t render such strong, variegated hues and fine textures; only on disc is it clear how much these actors need meticulous games of make-believe to feel they’re in love. B-
Genre: Musical, Drama, Romance; Starring: Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, Gower Champion, Agnes Moorehead; Director: George Sidney; Runtime (in minutes): 107; Distributor: MGM/UA Home Video
Posted October 18 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult are dystopian lovers in new 'Equals' trailer
- Ryan Reynolds pranked Blake Lively while she was in labor
- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Josh Groban is a womanizing guitarist on 'Life in Pieces'
- James Corden sent his parents to cover the Super Bowl
- 'Black Mass' captures the madness and minutia of being Whitey Bulger
- See 'The Brothers Grimsby' red-band trailer featuring Bill Cosby joke
- Marvel reveals exclusive Chicago Comic Con show poster
- Exclusive Look at 'The Walking Dead' Midseason Return
- 30 Exclusive First Look Photos at the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- This Is What the Grammys Looked Like in 1996
- 'Beautiful Girls': Where Are They Now?
- 15 Musicians Who Banned Candidates From Using Their Songs
- See '90s Stars at the 1996 'Broken Arrow' Premiere