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This got the Criterion treatment and I picked it up during the July sale. It's a tough political moment to watch Irene Dunne in blackface. While Shana L. Redmond's excellent feature on the Criterion DVD helps to contextualize race in the show and film -- I'm not sure I could appreciate the film on its own terms. To the extent that I understand her carefully parsed argument, there were elements of Show Boat (the film) that were (or were meant to be) progressive for the time. (Example: Robeson insisting on changing the "N" word in 'Ole Man River' to the marginally less offensive 'Darkies'?)