Show Boat

Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Year 1936
Pages 398
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
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Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. (1936.) FIRST EDITION, thus. PHOTOPLAY edition. Very good condition, scarce original dust jacket with Skrenda art; with chips, tears, but all there in it's double sided glory (G&D titles on the inside of the jacket.) Pictorial dust jacket with wrap around design. Basis of the popular Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein stage musical; filmed 3 times: 1929, 1936 (starring Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel) and 1951 (starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, William Warfield; won 3 Academy Award nominations). As stated on dust jacket - "Illustrated with scenes from the Universal Photoplay starring Laura La Plante and Joseph Schildkraut." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber's famous novel, Show Boat, tells parallel love stories of two doomed marriages that are set on a Mississippi show boat. Magnolia, the sheltered daughter of the Cotton Blossom's owner, falls in love and runs off to Chicago with a dashing riverboat gambler. Their marriage is wrecked by his love for Lady Luck and she returns home to her family to have her baby. Ultimately, she reconciles with her wandering mate to give the marriage another try. The star singer on the Cotton Blossom, beautiful Julie LaVerne and her husband run afoul of Southern law when the sheriff discovers that she is mulatto and her husband is white. They are forced to leave the show boat and flee because Southern law forbids miscegenation. 398 pages.