Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel. Fields then hires him to perform on his riverboat, promoting him ... See full summary »

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Commodore Jackson
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Lucy
Queenie Smith ...
Alabam
Gail Patrick ...
Elvira
Claude Gillingwater ...
General Rumford
John Miljan ...
Major Patterson
Jan Duggan ...
Thrilled Passenger in Pilot House
Fred Kohler ...
Captain Blackie (as Captain Blackie Jr.)
Edward Pawley ...
Joe Patterson
Paul Hurst ...
Hefty
Theresa Maxwell Conover ...
Miss Markham
The Cabin Kids
John Larkin ...
Rumbo
Libby Taylor ...
Lavinia
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Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel. Fields then hires him to perform on his riverboat, promoting him as "Colonel Steel...the notorious Colonel Steel...the singing killer." The plot then follows a predictable course, but there are plenty of scenes featuring W.C. Fields. Written by Chris Wigert

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Comedy | Musical

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22 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cantor del río  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wesley Ruggles filled in as director on a few occasions when A. Edward Sutherland was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

The bullet hole in Commodore Jackson's hat changes position between shots, first near the top, then further down, then off to the side. See more »

Quotes

Commodore Jackson: My last encounter with the redskins was over thirty-five years ago. I was a mere stripling.
Skeptical Passenger in pilot house: Is that so?
[skeptically]
Commodore Jackson: I whipped out my revolver...
Skeptical Passenger in pilot house: Revolvers weren't invented thirty-five years ago.
[sneering]
Commodore Jackson: Uh... uh... I know that, but the Indians didn't know it. It doesn't matter - I threw it away.
Female passenger: Oh, how exciting - please don't interrupt.
Commodore Jackson: I had just swum the rapids. I had my canoe under one arm and a Rocky Mountain goat under the other.
Skeptical Passenger in pilot house: How could you swim without the use of your arms?
[...]
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Connections

Version of The Fighting Coward (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Partially Sung and Hummed often by W.C. Fields
Sung by The Cabin Kids, Bing Crosby, and the Chorus
Played often in the score
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I wish I could buy a copy!
21 August 2001 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I've seen this about twice, but many years ago. Perhaps a corny, old fashioned melodrama, but you get the combination of a very young Bing Crosby singing sweetly, and a very funny W.C. Fields. In one scene, Fields' character is setting in the Cabin bragging (telling lies,of course) about his exploits as an "Indian Fighter". A "Cigar-Store Indian" is being carried along the deck, and as it passes his window, he does a double-take, and proclaims: "Of course now, the Red Man and I have smoked the pipe of peace". I believe that circa 2001 some people find this racist. I felt that scene actually MADE FUN of his blustering attitude, and gave all people of good nature a laugh on the character.


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