• The 1936 version is said to be better.

I was ten and on a family vacation at Estes Park in Colorado when my dad dragged us to a screening of Show Boat in the grand lodge. I had grumbled—I was a bookworm and wanted to stay in the room reading—but as it happened, I loved it. Of course, I had no clue as to miscegenation, which is central to the plot. When the tragic heroine, Julie, is forced to leave the show boat after her mixed marriage is exposed, I imagine I would have thought something along the lines of “Why is the pretty lady leaving?”