~Show Boat~
~4704-165: Joseph Schildkraut & Laura La Plante (Emily
Fitzroy in background)~
~LM  20009: Joseph Schildkraut & Laura La Plante~
~S.B.P. 16: Laura La Plante & Joseph
~4704-143: Emily Fitzroy, Jane La Verne, Laura La Plant &
Joseph Schildkraut~
~4704-84: Laura La Plante, Jane La Verne, Emily Fitzroy &
Otis Harlan~
~Plot Synopsis~
Show Boat was a part-silent, part-talkie adaptation of the book by Edna Ferber. The film traces the
life of Magnolia Hawkes (Laura La Plante), daughter of Captain Andy of the Cotton Blossom, a 19th
century show boat. Magnolia's head is turned by handsome gambler Gaylord Ravenal (Joseph
Schildkraut), who woos and weds her. He turns out to be a poor husband and provider, eventually
deserting Magnolia and her daughter. But Magnolia, harking upon her performing experiences while
on her father's show boat, becomes a successful stage star and raises her daughter all by herself.
Though filmed just two years after the Broadway debut of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein Jr.
musical Show Boat, this film is more closely based on the source novel than the stage play. While the
immortal "Ol' Man River" was retained, the rest of the Broadway version's songs were jettisoned in
favor of several forgettable tunes written by entrepreneur Billy Rose, who convinced the movie's
producers that the public had grown tired of hearing the Kern-Hammerstein score! Show Boat
would be remade twice, with most of the original songs intact and without Rose's "improvements,"
in 1936 and 1951.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by:
Harry A. Pollard    
Arch Heath - prologue

Written by:
Charles Kenyon - continuity
Harry A. Pollard - dialogue  
Tom Reed - dialogue & titles

Based on the novel  Show Boat  by Edna Ferber (Garden City, NY, 1926)
and the musical of the same name by Edna Ferber, Jerome Kern and
Oscar Hammerstein, II (New York, 27 Dec 1927).

Laura La Plante ...  Magnolia Hawks
Joseph Schildkraut ...  Gaylord Ravenal
Emily Fitzroy ...  Parthenia 'Parthy' Ann Hawks
Otis Harlan ...  Capt. Andy Hawks / Master of Ceremonies in Prologue
Alma Rubens ...  Julie Dozier
Jack McDonald ...  Windy McClain
Jane La Verne ...  Magnolia as a Child / Kim
Neely Edwards ...  Schultzy
Elise Bartlett ...  Elly
Stepin Fetchit ...  Joe
Jules Bledsoe ...  Joe [prologue]
Tess Gardella ...  Queenie [prologue] (as Aunt Jemima)
Carl Laemmle ...  Himself [prologue]
Helen Morgan ...  Julie [prologue]
Plantation Singers ...  Offscreen chorus
Dixie Jubilee Singers ...  Themselves (as Jubilee Chorus)
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. ...  Himself [prologue]
Max Asher ...  Utility Man (uncredited)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...  Child (uncredited)
The Billbrew Chorus ...  Singers (uncredited)
George Chesebro ...  Steve Baker (uncredited)
Jim Coleman ...  Stagehand (uncredited)
Claude Collins ...  (uncredited)
Carl Herlinger ...  Wheelsman (uncredited)
Harry Holden ...  Means (uncredited)
Gertrude Howard ...  Queenie (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ...  Frank (uncredited)
Ralph Yearsley ...  The Killer (uncredited)
~4704-93: Alma Rubens & Jane La Verne~
~4704-75: Alma Rubens & Otis Harlan~
~4704-81: Laura La Plante & Alma Rubens~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Universal Pictures

Produced by: Carl Laemmle  
Original Music by: Joseph Cherniavsky    
Cinematography by: Gilbert Warrenton    
Film Editing by: Daniel Mandell    
Art Direction by: Charles D. Hall    
Costume Design by: Johanna Mathieson    
Makeup Artist: Jane Rene  
Assistant Director: Robert Ross  
Sound Department
Joseph Cherniavsky ....  synchronisation  
C. Roy Hunter ....  recording supervisor  
Jack Foley ....  foley artist (uncredited)  
Special Effects by
Frank H. Booth ....  special effects photographer (uncredited)  
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar ....  supervising editor  
Music Department
Victor Baravalle ....  conductor: prologue  
Robert Russell Bennett ....  orchestrator: prologue  
Jules Bledsoe ....  singing voice: Stepin Fetchit (uncredited)  
Eva Olivetti ....  singing voice: Laura La Plante (uncredited)  
Will Vodery ....  music arranger: vocals, prologue only (uncredited)  
Other crew
Carl Laemmle ....  presenter  
Edward J. Montaigne ....  story supervisor  
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. ....  producer: stage play (as Florenz Ziegfeld)

Length: 14 Reels
Runtime: 147 Minutes
Released: July 28, 1929
Premiere in Palm Beach, FL: March 16, 1929