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Near film's end, Julie has apparently become a woman of easy virtue; she is traveling on a ship with a male companion not her husband, and although they are obviously involved, he treats her very badly.

There is an interracial marriage in the film, though no sex is shown. By the standards of the time (the late 1890's), the marriage is illegal.

There is some kissing.

A fistfight erupts.

Near the end, the man that Julie is with slaps her when she drunkenly tries to sing. Gaylord Ravenal sees this and punches the man.

One implied use of profanity.

Julie becomes an alcoholic eventually, but her dissipation is more vividly shown in this version than in the 1936 one. She is hopelessly drunk in the final scenes and looks haggard.

Early in the film, Gaylord Ravenal is seen with a cigar, but a few seconds later he tosses it into the Mississippi River.

Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Finland:S / Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) / Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (1951) (passed with cuts) / Sweden:Btl / UK:U / USA:Passed (National Board of Review) / USA:Approved (PCA #15118)

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