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Life on the Mississippi ()


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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 more »

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Horace Bixby
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Sam Clemens
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Mr. Ealer
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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
Barbara Chaney ...
Mrs. Thurlow
Collins Bell ...
Mr. Thurlow
Lyla Owen ...
Mrs. Pelligrew
Don Lutenbacher ...
Mr. Pelligrew
Harry Gorsuch ...
Ben
Robert Borwick ...
Henry
Wayne Dickson ...
Mate on 'Aleck Scott'
Norma Schwied ...
Actress
Thomas Kent ...
Actor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley J. Reyes ...
Captain Kleinfelter (as Stanley Reyes)
Robert E. Anderson ...
Kid in Tree (uncredited)
Tim Gamble ...
Horse Trader (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter H. Hunt

Written by

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Mark Twain ... (book)
 
Philip H. Reisman Jr. ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Peter H. Hunt ... producer
Marshall Jamison ... executive producer
William P. Perry ... producer

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William P. Perry ... (as William Perry)

Cinematography by

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Walter Lassally ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Cynthia Scheider

Editorial Department

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Jonathan Cohen ... associate film editor
Dow McKeever ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Jane Iredale

Art Direction by

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Bill Groom

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Richard Lordi
Linda Mazur

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Vel Riberto

Makeup Department

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David Forrest ... makeup artist (as David Craig Forrest)
Ted Long ... hair stylist

Production Management

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David R. Kappes ... production manager (as David Kappes)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ellis Toney ... second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Peter K. Dunbar ... second props
Matthew C. Jacobs ... assistant art director (as Matthew Jacobs)
Christian Kelly ... property master

Sound Department

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Jack Cooley ... re-recording mixer
Samantha Heilwell ... sound recordist
Larry Hoff ... sound recordist (as Lawrence Hoff)
Ron Kalish ... sound editor
Al Nahmias ... sound editor
Tom Nelson ... sound recordist (as Thomas Nelson)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... assistant sound editor

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Hubie Kerns Jr. ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John D. Burkley ... gaffer
Don Cerrone ... key grip (as Donald Cerrone)
Phil Clark ... second grip
Thomas C. Dischert ... best boy
Tom Paul Hoppe ... first assistant camera
Briggs Palmer ... camera loader (as Briggs S. Palmer)
Robert Schulman ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Roberta Favant ... wardrobe assistant
Laurel Hargarten ... wardrobe assistant
Robert M. Hines ... wardrobe supervisor
Wendy Hubschman ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Harrold Kappes ... location manager (as Harold Kappes)

Music Department

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John Hartford ... music arranger: river songs
Richard Hayman ... orchestrator
Dan Pinsky ... music editor
Leonard Slatkin ... conductor
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra ... music performers

Other crew

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Frederick Anderson ... scholarly advisor
Brenda Bareika ... assistant to executive producer
Walter Blair ... scholarly advisor
William M. Gibson ... scholarly advisor
Justin Kaplan ... scholarly advisor
Janet Merwin ... script supervisor
Kimberly Myers ... production office coordinator
Henry Nash Smith ... scholarly advisor
Dennis Trone ... consultant: riverboat (as Captain Dennis Trone)
Laurie Zwicky ... director of research
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • A Todo o Vapor (Portugal)
  • Viata pe Mississippi (Romania)
  • Elämää Mississippillä (Finland)
  • Aventuras no Mississippi (Brazil)
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  • 115 min
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Trivia The pleasure steamboat Julia Belle Swain of Peoria, Illinois was refitted to look like an 1850s riverboat to appear in the film. See more »
Quotes 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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