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.
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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
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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 »
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 »
Belly up, belly up to the bar, boys / Better loosen your belts...
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I Ain't Down Yet
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson; Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell See more »
Story so-so...musical numbers are fun
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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