Unsinkable Molly Brown, The (1964)
Front Cover Actor
Debbie Reynolds Molly Brown
Harve Presnell John J. 'Johnny' Brown
Ed Begley Shamus Tobin
Jack Kruschen Christmas Morgan
Hermione Baddeley Buttercup Grogan
Vassili Lambrinos Prince Louis de Laniere
Fred Essler Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg
Harvey Lembeck Polak
Lauren Gilbert Mr. Fitzgerald
Kathryn Card Mrs. Wadlington
Ed Begley, Sr. Shamus Tobin
Martita Hunt Grand Duchess Elise Lupovinova
George Mitchell
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Musical; Western; Biography; Romance
Director Charles Walters; Helen Deutsch
Producer Lawrence Weingarten; Roger Edens
Writer Helen Deutsch; Richard Morris
Studio MGM; WARNER HOME VIDEO; Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 2 hr 8 mins
Country USA
Color Color
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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Index 1431
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 9/8/04
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1; Region 2
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Widescreen (16:9)
Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
UPC 012569520127
Release Date 9/19/00
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Dolby Widescreen