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SHOW BOAT Trailer


Ray Faiola
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James Whale's SHOW BOAT is another of those classic films whose original trailer vanished many years ago.  So here's one in period style that I put together.  The narration track is from the original Hollywood on the Air radio prevue.  If a trailer were made in modern style, there would be emphasis on the darker aspects such as the miscegenation subplot.  But in 1936 they would stress music, fun and romance.

 

 

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That was very good.

 

Maybe too good -- even as late as '36 the cutting in trailers was often rather choppy (especially sound matching).

 

Also there would have been text on the screen throughout the footage, e.g.:

 

"Never before!"

 

"Music! Romance! Laughter!"

 

"Universal's Sensational Songster of 1936!"

 

"Entertainment as big as the Mighty Mississippi!"

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