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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 ...
Mate on 'Paul Jones'
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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Charming
14 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Charming little movie about great dreams and hopes of a young man.

Watch it for Marcy Walker's first performance as a VERY innocent young lady, Emmelie DeBeverly, and prepare to laugh about everything she says. If you know her as Eden Capwell on SANTA BARBARA you will probably be VERY surprised.

Nice landscape, with a slow-written story perhaps, but all in all a charming TV movie of 1982.


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