Showboat Fever

Showboat Fever

Andy Vaaler
Andy Vaaler

June 27th, 2012, 7:27 pm #1

Hey Bixonians:

Been listening to the soundtrack of Showboat recorded in 1988 for EMI. This version is true to the orginal score from opening night in 1927, with dialogue, covering three CD's. It's gorgeous. Buy it, or borrow it from your library. Pour yourself a cool drink, and give it a listen this summer. There are terrific tunes that nobody does anymore (Misery's Comin' Around, Life Upon the Wicked Stage, It's Gettin' Hotter in the North, and more).

And if you get Showboat fever, you may enjoy these youtube links:

Queenie's Ballyhoo. This is a great tune, not in the later movie versions. She's advertising the show, trying to sell tickets to the melodrama. This clip is from a 1929 film version, which was silent mostly with a couple recorded tunes like this one. Nice dancing too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IromP_WPZGo

The 1936 film version is excellent (except for the cornball Hollywood ending). It retains many original songs (or they get weaved into the background score). We see Broadway originals Helen Morgan as Julie, and Charles Wenninger as Capt Andy. The one-and-only James Whale (Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein) directs. He makes it move, look good. Irene does a dance to "Can't Help Lovin' that Man" that kills me. Part 1/16 of the entire 1936 film adaptation is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8oJPr-NBg

The overture from the 1988 recording for EMI will give you an idea of the full orchestral power of the orginal score: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbrQzZDXfaA

It may not be jazz, but it's good.

Adios Muchachos!
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June 28th, 2012, 8:48 pm #2


.... the 1936 film version with the great Paul Robeson in the role of Joe.

Paul Whiteman's orchestra with Paul Robeson recorded <em>Ol' Man River</em> on Mar 1, 1928, arrangement by Tom Satterfield. Pingitore is prominently featured. Matrix number is 43122, take 3 issued as Vic 35912.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nD8904Xg0w

Matrix number 43123, waxed following the Whiteman-Robeson recording, is <em>Selections from Show Boat, </em>also arranged by Tom Satterfield with Bix playing a nice 12-bar cornet solo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pykNatSbPjw

Albert
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July 5th, 2012, 2:14 pm #3


... wonderful British poster of the 1936 film "Showboat."



And here are a couple of Universal posters.





And one of the great scenes in the film. All the actors and singers are fantastic, but that Paul Robeson is the most amazing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5WEQ8j1 ... B4D4B214CA

Albert
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Brad Kay
Brad Kay

July 9th, 2012, 5:27 am #4

Notice in the British "Show Boat" poster how Paul Robeson is billed just after Irene Dunne and ahead of Allan Jones, and pictured prominently. In the two American posters he is billed fourth and not depicted at all.

Robeson was a huge movie star in Britain and was treated there with uniform respect and admiration. A VERY different story from his life in the States, where besides 4th billing, he was just another 2nd class citizen. He was on his way to being branded as a Commie and blacklisted out of show business. No wonder he preferred life in Europe!

-Brad K
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July 25th, 2016, 3:40 am #5

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