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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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Can a girl find happiness with $20,000,000? YOU BET! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unsinkable Molly Brown See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,167,200
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Sound Mix:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The story of J.J. Brown accidentally burning his money after Molly hid it in the stove didn't really happen. It was made up by a Denver journalist after Molly Brown became a hero on the Titanic. When asked by her daughter why she didn't refute the false story, Molly Brown supposedly replied, "It's better that they write *something* about me than nothing." (Kathy Bates, as Molly Brown, repeats the story in James Cameron's Titanic (1997).) Molly Brown is also said to have reported the story with a slightly different ending. Molly did hide money in the potbelly stove in their Leadville cabin, and Johnny unknowingly started a fire on a particularly cold night. That's in keeping with the other version, but the end of the story, as told by Molly and reported in newspapers interviews during her lift, was a little different. Her addition was "Just think if it had been paper money!" The "money" was gold and silver coin which melted and melted to the stove. Miners didn't trust paper money in those years. The stove had to be broken apart and resmelted to separate the iron, gold and silver. See more »

Goofs

A long shot during the Titanic sinking shows just the ship's bow deck being submerged, the water not even reaching the bridge. Yet the entire rest of the steamer is raised out of the water. The weight of the water filling only such a small section of the hull wouldn't be enough to accomplish that. 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

Spoofed in The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

I AIN'T DOWN YET
(uncredited)
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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What a girl!...and what a musical!
28 June 2001 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

One of my favorite shows with plenty of singin' and dancin' all the way from the simple countryside, to the big city, and over to the even bigger city life of Europe. Debbie plays a tomboy country girl who can't wait to leave the outback and live the high life in Denver. On the way to this better life she crosses paths with a prospector who changes her life and not always for her betterment as far as she is concerned. She finds that her dreams of wealth and a place in high society are not necessarily what will make her happy in the real world. This is a very delightful film with lots of beautiful scenery, props, and great performances by the entire cast.


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