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    On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky

    Default Cottom Blossom - MGM "Showboat"

    I came across this postcard of the COTTON BLOSSOM, which MGM built at a cost of $125,000 for the 1951 movie production of "Showboat", starring Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. The lake used in Tarzan movies portrayed the Mississippi River and the port of Natchez! During the filming a fire on board, said to have been caused by the boiler that supplied steam for the calliope, caused considerable damage that cost an additional $67,000 to repair.

    Of course, we riverboat buffs and buffettes all know that TRUE showboats were not self-propelled vessels and were theatres constructed on barges and pushed by sternwheel towboats. Nonetheless, "Showboat" is a good movie and I always enjoy watching it.

    The COTTON BLOSSOM was used in subsequent movies before being sold in 1973 for $15,000 to the Worlds of Fun Amusement Park at Kansas City. The boat was then dismantled and shipped to Missouri where it became a prime attraction and visitor favorite, featuring shows with dixieland bands, a gift shop and cafe. In 1995, to make space for new rides, the boat was closed and demolished by bulldozers.
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    Last edited by Keith Norrington; 04-18-2007 at 12:09 PM.

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