Three ex-cons help save a mother and daughter's shrimp business from wicked slavers.




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Complete credited cast:
Sarah Lescalle
William 'Bill' Drexel
Ted Healy ...
William 'Gabby' Stone
Alfred 'Tiny' Smith
Sam Kee
Ruth Channing ...
Ruby Drexel
Miss Minnie Lescalle
Capt. Herbert Orkney
Irene Franklin ...
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Mr. Julius Ambrose
Armand Lescalle (as George Lewis)


Three ex-cons help save a mother and daughter's shrimp business from wicked slavers.

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Drama | Romance






Release Date:

16 March 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Nova Aurora  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Monday 3 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia 11 December 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »


Cajun Love Song
Music and Lyrics by William Axt (as Dr. William Axt)
Sung by George J. Lewis in prison
Reprised twice by Jean Arthur and by a quartet
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Smuggling in the bayous
14 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

MGM used their B list players in this story about three convicts coming to a shrimping village in the Louisiana bayous. Robert Young, Ted Healy, and Nat Pendleton play our convicts and the film Lazy River bears some resemblance to a much better and better known classic Three Angels. This one without the snake.

Listening to the bragging of one of their fellow convicts George J. Lewis who is killed in an escape, Young goes to the village where Lewis is painted himself to be a big shot. He's just a poor working Cajun shrimper like the rest only his family has a dock that the sinister C. Henry Gordon wants to get a hold of.

Lewis also has a cute sister in Jean Parker and Young who was thinking in terms of a con game instead stays to help and defeat Gordon and his nefarious schemes. Although they're comic relief, Pendleton and Healy actually prove useful.

As for Gordon he's a smuggler and that dock that Parker's family owns is something Gordon needs very badly. He's not too squeamish about how to get it either.

Lazy River may be a B film, but at MGM that meant a lot more than at any other studio, some nice scenes of shrimping life and the Cajun culture are presented here. Maude Eburne is also good as the matriarch of the clan. And Young's "wife" Ruth Channing shows up nearly killing the romance between Parker and Young.

Lazy River is a fine B film and was good on the back end of double bills in the Thirties. Holds up well for today.

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