Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie. The men smuggle drink and women aboard, fight with each other, spy on ... See full summary »
Dr. John Pearly is an affable, turn-of-the-century con man who sells a patent medicine whose primary ingredient is whiskey. He resurrects a broken down steamboat with a makeshift crew and challenges the respectable but arrogant Captain Eli to a winner-take-all river race. Pearly hopes his nephew Duke will serve as pilot, but the young man stands accused of murdering a 'swamp rat' who threatened the honor of 'swamp girl' Fleety Belle. After Duke is arrested, Pearly tries to raise money for a lawyer by charging admission to a wax museum aboard his ship. Ultimately he gambles it all in the river race to Baton Rouge, where he hopes to find a witness whose testimony will free Duke. Written by
Rogers' boat, "Claremore Queen," was named after his home town of Claremore, Oklahoma. See more »
Sheriff Rufe Jeffers:
[performing wedding ceremony in jail]
Friends, we're gathered here in the eyes of God and one another for the purpose of joining together this here man and this here woman in holy matrimony. Can't nobody rightly say nothin' agin marriage, 'cause I reckon God intended everybody to live that-a-way. 'Cause every living human on this earth has got to find his mate sometime or other. And when God put Noah in the ark, he told him to take two of everything. 'Cause God knowed that was right, and I guess...
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As the nephew of Dr. John Pearly (Will Rogers), should join his uncle to navigate on the Mississippi in an old steamer, is arrested for the murder of a man who prevented him from leaving with "Fleety Belle" (Anne Shirley), with which he intended to marry. The young man is sentenced to hanging. The doctor will try everything to save his nephew.
The film is a little comedy of Ford and the latest collaboration with actor Will Rogers, who despite being the less solid film of the three still retaining many of the virtues of the other two films they made together. Ford himself was aware that history was not great quality, so much so that Ford talked to Rogers and asked him to adapt the character a bit to find more comfortable with it. Eventually the two were reasonably satisfied with the final, but we must recognize that history had less interest than before and it makes the film will suffer a bit. Not without some interesting topics and will return to more success in his work and social intolerance, personal integrity, or deprivation of liberty "Judge Priest ", and "Doctor Bull". Rogers returns to be splendid in his character, although perhaps best remembered as the charismatic character of the "New Moses" performed by Berton Churchill, who work in several films of Ford at that time.
The master Ford finds this funny trilogy one notch below, but decent with this little comedy with his two predecessors, as well as entertain are very useful to begin to understand the style so characteristic of this great genius of cinema.
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