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Mississippi (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 22 March 1935 (USA)
Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel. Fields then hires him to perform on his riverboat, promoting him ... See full summary »

Directors:

A. Edward Sutherland, Wesley Ruggles (uncredited)

Writers:

Francis Martin (screen play), Jack Cunningham (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Tom Grayson
W.C. Fields ... Commodore Jackson
Joan Bennett ... Lucy
Queenie Smith ... Alabam
Gail Patrick ... Elvira
Claude Gillingwater ... General Rumford
John Miljan ... Major Patterson
Jan Duggan ... Thrilled Passenger in Pilot House
Fred Kohler ... Captain Blackie (as Captain Blackie Jr.)
Edward Pawley ... Joe Patterson
Paul Hurst ... Hefty
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Miss Markham
The Cabin Kids The Cabin Kids
John Larkin ... Rumbo
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Lavinia
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Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel. Fields then hires him to perform on his riverboat, promoting him as "Colonel Steel...the notorious Colonel Steel...the singing killer." The plot then follows a predictable course, but there are plenty of scenes featuring W.C. Fields. Written by Chris Wigert

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Evelyn Venable and Grace Bradley were replaced by Joan Bennett and Gail Patrick before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Commodore Jackson returns Captain Blackie's IOU, but it reappears in his pocket at 00:40:26; in the next shot it is empty again. See more »

Quotes

Commodore Jackson: Never mind what I told you! You do as I tell you!
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Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
In the score when Tom is ordered out of the plantation
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Something of a lost classic
26 November 2009 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

With songs by Rodgers and Hart and Bing singin' 'em and W C Fields providing the, frankly magnificent, comedy this is something of an undervalued and lost classic. Perhaps the very un-pc references to 'darkies' and 'picaninnys' has somewhat devalued its reputation but you have to remember that Hollywood didn't wake up racially until at least the 1950's and nothing in this film is as offensive as, say, John Ford's grossly condescending "The Sun Shines Bright", (even if that film still remains a masterpiece of Americana). In fact, I can't imagine anyone taking offense at this terrific piece of fluff that also includes a very young Joan Bennett as Crosby's love interest. A Edward Sutherland's direction is considerably more than workmanlike, (Wesley Ruggles is said to have a hand in it. too), and it all clocks in at a remarkably crisp 73 minutes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cantor del río See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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