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The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Musical | 11 June 1964 (USA)
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A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life in this fictionalized biopic of Margaret "Molly" Brown, who survived the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Helen Deutsch, Richard Morris (play)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie Reynolds ... Molly Brown
Harve Presnell ... 'Leadville' Johnny J. Brown
Ed Begley ... Shamus Tobin
Jack Kruschen ... Christmas Morgan
Hermione Baddeley ... Buttercup Grogan
Vassili Lambrinos Vassili Lambrinos ... Prince Louis de Laniere
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg
Harvey Lembeck ... Polak
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Kathryn Card ... Mrs. Wadlington
Hayden Rorke ... Malcolm Broderick
Harry Holcombe ... Mr. Wadlington
Amy Douglass Amy Douglass ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
George Mitchell ... Monsignor Ryan
Martita Hunt ... Grand Duchess Elise Lupavinova
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Storyline

Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life -- a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in the world. Can she sing and play the piano? She assures the Leadville saloon keeper that she can and learns quickly. Soon she is the bride of Johnny Brown, who in a few years will be able to replace the original cigar wrapper wedding ring with a replica in gold and gemstones. But it takes more than a few million dollars to be accepted by Denver society. The Browns head for Europe and bring a few crowned heads back to Denver for a party that turns into a ballroom brawl. Molly goes to Europe alone, returning on the Titanic. She didn't survive a flood as a baby for the story to end here. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Get out of the way... Or get hit in the heart! See more »


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Did You Know?

Trivia

In real life, Margaret Brown was never called "Molly." She was called "Maggie" or "Mrs. Brown." Composer Meredith Willson changed her name to Molly Brown for the Broadway musical because he thought "Molly" sounded better than "Maggie." See more »

Goofs

After showing the Titanic after all power is lost and the lights go out we see the stern of the ship going under and the white stern light is lit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shamus Tobin: [and Murphy] Belly up, belly up to the bar, boys / Better loosen your belts...
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Crazy Credits

introducing Harve Presnell See more »

Alternate Versions

In the past, TCM has shown a version with Overture and Exit Music that ran 135 minutes. It also had a slightly different aspect ratio. See more »

Connections

Featured in 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Down Yet
(Reprise) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson; Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell
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Story so-so...musical numbers are fun
13 April 2001 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

I guess most anyone can hope (and relate) that the underdog will triumph over strong adversity, to become what they want or get whatever. Yes, even if they're as overbearing, obnoxious and deadset on gold-digging and social climbing their way out, as Molly's character unpretentiously sets out. I frankly found that aspect of her personality bothersome, yet she did grow in maturity, as the picture wore on.

Debbie Reynolds does a good job with the lead, although I personally would have preferred Tammy Grimes, from the Broadway debut of this musical. Harve Presnell is great as Johnny, and that voice is awesome. Ed Begley absolutely steals the show, as Shamus Tobin.

The spirited musical numbers are quite fun to watch, with "He's My Friend" being a standout. The film does seem to go on too long somewhat, as towards the end it was starting to drag. It won't exactly leave you too enthralled to move from your seat, but the film is entertaining. Nevermind some of the predictable storyline and dialogue, enjoy the musical numbers, and your time will be rewarded. Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,167,200
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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