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Life on the Mississippi (24 Nov. 1980)

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Most mid-19th-century Mississippi River boys dreamed of occupying that pinnacle of power and glamour, the pilot house of a riverboat. In a riot of local color, this film tells how, unlike ... See full summary »

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Mr. Ealer
Donald Madden ...
Mr. Brown
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George Richie
Bill Holliday ...
Mr. Thornburg
Luke Reilly ...
Tom
Marcy Walker ...
Emmeline
Don Brady ...
Mr. Leathers
Jack Lawrence ...
'Paul Jones' Captain
John Kirk ...
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Bill Atwood ...
Watchman on 'Paul Jones'
Thom Thomas ...
Clerk on 'Paul Jones'
Jim Babrowski ...
Preacher
Douglas Wells ...
Mr. Grogan
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Most mid-19th-century Mississippi River boys dreamed of occupying that pinnacle of power and glamour, the pilot house of a riverboat. In a riot of local color, this film tells how, unlike many, Sam's dream comes true. A callow teenager, he talks the tough but consummate Horace Bixby into making him his apprentice on the "Paul Jones," eventually following him to the much finer "Aleck Scott." Meanwhile, he is already spinning fantastic yarns to everyone from awe-struck lads ashore, to fellow "cub pilots", to young lady passengers who catch his eye. Things temporarily take a turn for the worse when Bixby must attend a meeting and leave Sam to work under Brown, a dour tyrant with a grudge against him. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Donald Madden's final TV performance. See more »

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George Ritchie: Bixby and Ealer now, midnight's as good as daylight for them. If they ain't got a moon to steer by, they use lightnin' bugs.
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Captures the essence of Mark Twain
2 April 2003 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) loved steamboating. He said that the ambition of every boy in Hannibal, Missouri, was to become the pilot of a grand and mighty steamboat. He realized his dream. He became a cub pilot under master pilot Horace Bixby. This movie accurately represents the trials, dangers, and adventures of steamboating in America in the middle of the 19th century. Robert Lansing deserved an Academy Award for his portrayal of Horace Bixby. His gruff manner, tender heart, and deep-down love of the steamboat life comes through. If you have never read a book by Mark Twain, and don't intend to, the best thing you can do is watch this movie. It will tell you what Twain was all about.


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