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Riverboat Rhythm (1946)

Matt Lindsay (Leon Errol) is the captain/owner of a showboat that is on the rocks literally and figuratively. His efforts to raise money to save his boat and troupers get him involved with ... See full summary »


Leslie Goodwins


Robert Faber (based on a story by), Charles E. Roberts (screenplay) (as Charles Roberts)


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Complete credited cast:
Leon Errol ... Matt Lindsay
Glen Vernon ... John Beeler (as Glenn Vernon)
Walter Catlett ... Colonel Jeffrey 'Smitty' Witherspoon
Marc Cramer ... Lionel Beeler
Jonathan Hale ... Colonel Edward Beeler
Joan Newton Joan Newton ... Midge Lindsey
Emory Parnell ... Sheriff Martin
Harry Harvey ... Ezra Beeler
Florence Lake ... Penelope Beeler Witherspoon
Dorothy Vaughan ... Belle Crowley
Ben Carter ... Benjamin (as Carter & Moreland)
Mantan Moreland ... Mantan (as Carter & Moreland)
Frankie Carle Frankie Carle ... Band Leader Frankie Carle (as Frankie Carle and His Orchestra)
Frankie Carle's Orchestra Frankie Carle's Orchestra ... Orchestra


Matt Lindsay (Leon Errol) is the captain/owner of a showboat that is on the rocks literally and figuratively. His efforts to raise money to save his boat and troupers get him involved with a Kentucky Colonel (not named Sanders), a tough-as-a-boot hotel manager and a feuding family. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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YOU'LL ROAR TO THE RHYTHM OF THE FUN RIOT ON THE RIVER! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

16 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canção da Alvorada See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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12th Street Rag
Performed by Frankie Carle and Frankie Carle's Orchestra
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Uncle Matt on the riverboat
19 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Even with the death of Lupe Velez and the Mexican Spitfire series, RKO wasn't going to let Leon Errol's character Uncle Matt Lindsey perish with the series. In Riverboat Rhythm, Uncle Matt is now the proprietor of a show boat, but he's been up against it with a series of bad business decisions.

Trying to avoid the sheriff Errol uses a bit of stage makeup and costume and he becomes Colonel Witherspoon who is played by Walter Catlett. But Errol doesn't know that Catlett is the target of another southern family the Beelers who have vowed to shoot him on sight for trifling with the affections of their sister. The Colonel actually married the sisters, but the Beeler clan practiced its own brand of annulment.

With Errol switching identities back and forth the whole thing becomes a Mexican Spitfire film without Lupe Velez. With same frantic pace except when Frankie Carle is playing the piano.

If you liked the Mexican Spitfire movies, you'll like this.

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