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zmu| Unsinkable Molly Brown
Director: Charles Walters
Screenplay: Helen Deutsch, Richard Morris
Producer: Lawrence Weingarten, Roger Edens
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen, Hermione Baddeley
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 128
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, French
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Sep 2000 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$19.98]
Reviews:  Not only was Molly Brown unsinkable, so is the musical based on her amazing life. Released in 1964, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" gave Debbie Reynolds one of her most memorable roles and earned her an Academy Award nomination (she lost to Julie Andrews in "Mary Poppins"). Paired with Harve Presnell, fresh from the Broadway version, Reynolds and Presnell sparkle as Molly and Johnny Brown, well-meaning but gauche nouveau millionaires who take on stuffy Denver society (who are loathe to admit that they are nouveau riche as well). During their Molly-guided quest for "respectability," the pair learns that old adage--all the money in the world can't buy happiness or contentment.
From her beginnings as a foundling floating down the Colorado River to her fateful trip on the "Titanic", Molly Brown aims upward, swearing "I Ain't Down Yet." Reynolds imbues her Molly with energy, determination, and poignancy. Molly feels every slight keenly and is convinced that more and bigger will make her place in society. Husband Johnny, who promised "I'll Never Say No," finds it harder and harder to keep his promise as he watches his wife's single-mindedness bury her effervescent personality. In the songs by Meredith Willson ("The Music Man"), Presnell's rich baritone soars on "Colorado, My Home" and begins a rousing "He's My Friend," while "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys" is a bawdy, catchy romp during which Reynolds shines--rollicking across the dance floor, she's a red-headed dynamo in a gauzy green dress. "--Dana Van Nest"

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