Saw the 1936 version of Show Boat last night, at the classics theater in Palo Alto. (I thought it was going to be the 1951 MGM version, because I’m not that careful about reading listings, but that’s neither here nor there.) It was fun, if a bit inclined to melodrama and seriously cringe-inducing in places, but by far the showstopper was Paul Robeson singing Ol’ Man River in the first act:
So good I could just listen to it all day. In fact, I think I might.