Interesting commentary on Show Boat; as for The Grey, I have had chances to watch it, but something about it just didn't excite me, so I passed.I've got Red Garters (1954) on my recorded, but not yet viewed list. It's supposed to be a western musical spoof. I usually enjoy Jack Carson, but this puppy is only rated as 2 star, so...
The Grey (2011) Liam Neeson and other oil roughnecks crash in frozen wilderness and face a pack of wolves. Supposed to be a tense adventure, but didn't work for me - maybe because crash injuries and effect of cold weather were so underplayed. Critics: 3.0; me: 2.0
Show Boat (1929) So now I've seen all 3 movie versions of America's first musical. This one is mostly silent with some spoken dialog apparently added late in the production. Odd, but very little of the musical's score is used. This version completely omits the race issues that are significant parts of the 2 later remakes. Perhaps it's closer to the book version than the stage one? Was fun watching a familiar (to me) supporting actor, Joseph Shildkraut, in his younger days as the male lead. Film was believed to be lost for many years. IMO, only worth viewing if you're interested in film history. Critics: 3.0, me: 2.0
I know I may have mentioned this before, but have you seen The Camerman? If so, I would like your opinion. If not, It's a 1928 silent flick starring Buster Keaton. I saw it late one night; and the print was absolutely perfect; clear and sharp, which is what caught my attention. I ended up watching it all the way through, and found it very entertaining, and hilarious. Buster Keaton at his finest. It's been many years and would like to watch it again, but I haven't found a free version except on the computer.