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Cruisin' Down the River (1953)

Approved | | Musical | 3 August 1953 (USA)
Beaurefard Clemment, a New York night club crooner, inherits a broken-down Georgia showboat. He decides to turn it into a nightclub. He falls in love with Sally Jane, the granddaughter of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
... Beauregard Clemment / Beau Clemment III
... Sally Jane Jackson
... William
... Thadeus Jackson
... Melissa Curry
... Humphrey Hepburn
... Dave Singer (as Larry Blake)
... Young Jack
Benny Payne ... Benny
Cynthia Strother ... Singer (as The Bell Sisters)
Kay Strother ... Singer (as The Bell Sisters)
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Beaurefard Clemment, a New York night club crooner, inherits a broken-down Georgia showboat. He decides to turn it into a nightclub. He falls in love with Sally Jane, the granddaughter of Thadeus Jackson, arch enemy of Beau's late grandfather. Many, many songs and a parody of "Ten Nights in a Barroom" (a Blake Edwards touch), with music featuring the Bell Sisters. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Showboat Show of Shows! See more »

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Cantando no Rio  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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Singers
3 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Dick Haymes sings an assortment of standards and new songs, inherits a riverboat, courts Audrey Totter and feuds with her grandfather, Cecil Kellaway, in this very pleasant, low-key musical.

It's directed by Richard Quine and scripted by Blake Edwards and Quine; the two of them did very well out of their work and you can see why. Although Mr. Haymes is a very pleasant performer -- he even does a bit of soft-shoe a couple of times -- with a dazzling smile, Billy Daniels blows him away with his simple line readings and lively singing (although cameraman Charles Lawton Jr. favors Mr. Daniels with lively crab-dolly work and no cuts during his numbers). It's good to see Audrey Totter in a good-girl role.

In fact, that's the basics of this movie: every performer in his or her comfort zone and doing fine. Far more than good enough.


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