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Lazy River (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 March 1934 (USA)
Three ex-cons help save a mother and daughter's shrimp business from wicked slavers.

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George B. Seitz
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Parker ... Sarah Lescalle
Robert Young ... William 'Bill' Drexel
Ted Healy ... William 'Gabby' Stone
Nat Pendleton ... Alfred 'Tiny' Smith
C. Henry Gordon ... Sam Kee
Ruth Channing ... Ruby Drexel
Maude Eburne ... Miss Minnie Lescalle
Raymond Hatton ... Capt. Herbert Orkney
Irene Franklin ... Suzanne
Joseph Cawthorn ... Mr. Julius Ambrose
Erville Alderson ... Sheriff
George J. Lewis ... Armand Lescalle (as George Lewis)
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Three ex-cons help save a mother and daughter's shrimp business from wicked slavers.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruby See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Barataria, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Monday 3 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 3 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Portland OR 7 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Memphis 12 September 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Honolulu 23 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Spokane 1 December 1957 on KHQ (Channel 6), in Tampa 9 December 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Albany 6 February 1958 on WTEN (Channel 10), in San Antonio 8 May 1958 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Baltimore 15 May 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 24 September 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Cleveland 8 October 1958 on KYW (Channel 3). See more »


Soundtracks

Fifi From Fontenoy
Music and Lyrics by William Axt (as Dr. William Axt)
Sung by Irene Franklin
Reprised by the group at dinner
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About as Cajun as Chop Suey!
22 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a prologue in prison that really isn't necessary. Suffice to say that three oddly matched guys are recently out of prison (Robert Young, Nat Pendleton and Ted Healy) and head to Cajun country in Louisiana. This is a 1930s Hollywood version of Louisiana--where most of the folks have normal, everyday Hollywood accents and a few have odd French-inspired accents that still don't sound very Cajun or Creole. Heck, Jean Parker, who was one of these ersatz Cajuns couldn't even correctly pronounce 'Jambalaya'!! This is like a German who has no idea what sauerkraut is!! Had this casting and attention to details been better, the film would have worked a lot better and not come off as so phony.

Back to the story. The three walk into a bit of a fishing and shrimping war. A local family is being pushed around by some Asian gang*--with many of their employees being hired by the gang or ending up dead. The gang clearly means business and so it's up to the three ex-cons to aid the nice locals. In many ways, this aspect of the story is a bit reminiscent of the Humphrey Bogart film "We're No Angels"--though in that case, the three men were escapees from Devil's Island. So overall, is it any good? Well, it's not terrible and is pretty much a time-passer with a few good moments scattered throughout. It also has quite a few bad ones, however--such as the magical way the story gets all wrapped up at the end.

*Like the Cajuns, some of the Asians in this film are just white folks made up to look kind of Asian (these are the leads, whereas many of the non-speaking Asian roles are often played by Asians). As this film illustrates, Hollywood had SERIOUS issues when it came to ethnic characters in the good 'ol days!


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