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(George Sidney, US 1951, 108 min., 35mm)
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s groundbreaking theatrical production is adapted in Technicolor. Based on an Edna Ferber novel, the story follows the turbulent life of Magnolia Hawks (a sparkling Kathryn Grayson) through her ascension as a traveling stage star, her deteriorating marriage to her gambling costar husband, and her eventual reconnection with her family. While Ava Gardner’s voice was overdubbed by another singer, the film features several fantastic voices, including Howard Keel and William Warfield, as well as the dancing of Marge and Gower Champion. The beloved score features the songs “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Ol’ Man River.”
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Great American Songbook Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s groundbreaking theatrical production is adapted in Technicolor. The beloved score features the songs “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Ol’ Man River.”