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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cantor del río See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is playing at the theater in the Three Stooges short Hoi Polloi. See more »

Goofs

The bullet hole in Commodore Jackson's hat changes position between shots, first near the top, then further down, then off to the side. See more »

Quotes

Commodore Jackson: My last encounter with the redskins was over thirty-five years ago. I was a mere stripling.
Skeptical Passenger in pilot house: Is that so?
[skeptically]
Commodore Jackson: I whipped out my revolver...
Skeptical Passenger in pilot house: Revolvers weren't invented thirty-five years ago.
[sneering]
Commodore Jackson: Uh... uh... I know that, but the Indians didn't know it. It doesn't matter - I threw it away.
Female passenger: Oh, how exciting - please don't interrupt.
Commodore Jackson: I had just swum the rapids. I had my canoe under one arm and a Rocky Mountain goat under the other.
Skeptical Passenger in pilot house: How could you swim without the use of your arms?
[...]
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Black Swan (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Partially Sung and Hummed often by W.C. Fields
Sung by The Cabin Kids, Bing Crosby, and the Chorus
Played often in the score
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It's a wonderful movie on many counts
15 June 2004 | by Melmoth-9See all my reviews

Mississippi is truly a wonderful movie, Fields or otherwise. Foremost is the music itself and the wonderful depiction of the old south. Crosby's singing is delightful, and, in fact, many people felt he'd stolen the movie from Fields upon its release. Field's humor is great with many wonderful bits. Blowing cigar smoke, for example into the barrels of unshot guns to show he was the one who fired is truly wonderful. The tone of this movie is so light and airy, and the love for the subject matter is so apparent that it adds an additional dimension to a movie that can stand strongly on its own. The love story might be viewed as sappy by our current sensibilities, but, given the time, it is lovely to view. The Singing Killer indeed!


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