1927 [[TheMusical musical]] by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, based on a 1926 book. It has been filmed in 1929, 1936, and 1951. The 1936 version was directed by James Whale, who is best known for directing Universal Horror films such as ''[[{{Film/Frankenstein1931}} Frankenstein]]'', ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'', and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''.

The story starts with the ''Cotton Blossom'', a showboat with well-known actors arriving in a town in the late 1800s. Magnolia Hawks, the daughter of the showboat's owners, falls for a wandering gambler named [[HaveAGayOldTime Gaylord]] Ravenal. When the lead actors of the boat are forced to leave due to racial issues at the time (Julie being biracial), Magnolia and Gaylord take over as the leads, and become an instant hit.

The musical is possibly most known for Paul Robeson's rendition of "Ol' Man River" in the 1936 version.
!!This work provides examples of
* AdaptationDyeJob: Magnolia is said to have black hair in the book, but every stage and film portrayal has her as a blonde.
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama
* CostumePorn: The film versions are loaded with GorgeousPeriodDress.
* DawsonCasting: Irene Dunne was 38 in the 1936 movie, twenty years older than her character. She was eight years older than her leading man.
* EntitledToHaveYou: This is what leads to Julie being kicked off the ship--an entitled guy is mad that Julie doesn't want his gifts, so he goes to the sheriff to expose her mixed-race status.
* FakeMixedRace: [[spoiler: Julie]] was played in the 1936 film by the very white Helen Morgan. Likewise, the 1951 film filled the role with Ava Gardner. Has been [[AvertedTrope averted]], though, as there was a production with Lonette Mc Kee as [[spoiler:Julie]].
* HiddenDepths: Joe. Pretty much a lazy, teasing character, bordering on an old stereotype. But he does get the song that is often most remembered, and [[spoiler: is the one to fetch a doctor for Magnolia when she's in labour.]]
* LargeHam: Everyone on the stage, but especially the villain character.
* LazyBum: Joe, quite cheerfully, much to the annoyance of his hard-working wife.
* MinorCharacterMajorSong: "Old Man River," is, undoubtedly, the most known song from the production and generally the most remembered part.
* NiceGuy: Frank. [[spoiler: Of the three performing couples, he's the only one to stay with his partner, in spite of not being romantically linked. He also goes out of his way to help Magnolia get a job.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: Parthy at times
* PassFail: [[spoiler: Julie is biracial.]]
* PrettyInMink: Some furs show up in the film versions, such as Magnolia wearing a white ermine cape at the end of the 1936 version.
* SceneryPorn: It's a very nice boat.
* ShowWithinAShow: Anything that shows up on the stage.
* SpoiledSweet: [[spoiler: Kim, born to finer things in life, is a genuinely nice person from childhood and beyond.]]
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: Turns out [[spoiler: Gaylord]] killed a guy. The sheriff says that the jury figured the guy had it coming.
* WhiteMaleLead: Subverted, although the lead is white and female. Of the white male characters, only two can be seen as being really good people {Frank and Cap'n Andy), while the rest do not come off as very nice people.