Riverboat Rhythm (1946)

65 mins | Comedy | March 1946

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writer:

Charles Roberts

Producer:

Nat Holt

Cinematographer:

Robert de Grasse

Editor:

Marvin Coil

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Lucius O. Croxton

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

According to a pre-production HR news item, Walter Keller was to be the film's art director. Albert S. D'Agostino and Lucius Croxton are credited onscreen in that capacity, however. Another HR news item noted that Fontaine Porter, a former prisoner of war at Santo Tomas prison in Manila, was to appear in the production. His participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

According to a pre-production HR news item, Walter Keller was to be the film's art director. Albert S. D'Agostino and Lucius Croxton are credited onscreen in that capacity, however. Another HR news item noted that Fontaine Porter, a former prisoner of war at Santo Tomas prison in Manila, was to appear in the production. His participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Feb 1946.
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Daily Variety
7 Feb 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Feb 46
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 45
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Feb 46
p. 2849.
Variety
13 Feb 46
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOUND
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Opt eff
Transparency projection shots
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Carle's Boogie" by Frankie Carle.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1946
Production Date:
late June--mid July 1945
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1946
Copyright Number:
LP134
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11019
SYNOPSIS

As soon as impoverished showboat captain Matt Lindsey pulls into his latest river town stop, he is confronted by Mr. Porter, the town clerk, who demands fifty dollars for a license. Fast-talking Matt buys Porter off with a bottle of hair tonic, but just before the boat's show is to start, Porter, furious that Matt's tonic has rendered him bald, returns with Sheriff Martin. The sheriff closes down the show and tries to arrest Matt, but is thwarted by an old Southern gentleman who pushes him into the river. While the sheriff struggles in the water, the boat chugs off to safety. Later that evening, however, the gentleman, who calls himself "Smitty," gets drunk at the helm and accidentally runs the boat aground just outside the town's swank hotel. When angry hotel owner Norris confronts Matt about the grounding, Smitty insists that the boat belongs to him and introduces himself as Colonel Jeffrey Witherspoon. After Norris calls the sheriff, he learns that Witherspoon is a rich eccentric who owns half the county, but whose face few people have ever seen. Witherspoon then startles Matt by giving him enough cash to pay for a tugboat and leaves for the next town to find one. In the hotel, meanwhile, guests Colonel Edward Beeler and his son John hear of Witherspoon's appearance and are reminded that the Beeler family has an old feud going with Witherspoon. Determined to renew the feud, which started when Witherspoon married Beeler's sister Penelope, Beeler telephones his other son Lionel, and orders him to bring Penelope and his trigger-happy cousin Ezra to the hotel. John, however, wants no part ... +


As soon as impoverished showboat captain Matt Lindsey pulls into his latest river town stop, he is confronted by Mr. Porter, the town clerk, who demands fifty dollars for a license. Fast-talking Matt buys Porter off with a bottle of hair tonic, but just before the boat's show is to start, Porter, furious that Matt's tonic has rendered him bald, returns with Sheriff Martin. The sheriff closes down the show and tries to arrest Matt, but is thwarted by an old Southern gentleman who pushes him into the river. While the sheriff struggles in the water, the boat chugs off to safety. Later that evening, however, the gentleman, who calls himself "Smitty," gets drunk at the helm and accidentally runs the boat aground just outside the town's swank hotel. When angry hotel owner Norris confronts Matt about the grounding, Smitty insists that the boat belongs to him and introduces himself as Colonel Jeffrey Witherspoon. After Norris calls the sheriff, he learns that Witherspoon is a rich eccentric who owns half the county, but whose face few people have ever seen. Witherspoon then startles Matt by giving him enough cash to pay for a tugboat and leaves for the next town to find one. In the hotel, meanwhile, guests Colonel Edward Beeler and his son John hear of Witherspoon's appearance and are reminded that the Beeler family has an old feud going with Witherspoon. Determined to renew the feud, which started when Witherspoon married Beeler's sister Penelope, Beeler telephones his other son Lionel, and orders him to bring Penelope and his trigger-happy cousin Ezra to the hotel. John, however, wants no part of his father's vengeance and goes to the boat to warn Witherspoon. While John meets Matt's attractive niece Midge, Matt, disguised as the bearded Witherspoon, enjoys a drink in the hotel bar. Unaware of what Witherspoon looks like, Beeler drinks with Matt and tells him of his murderous intentions but fails to mention his victim's name. When the Beelers and Norris then show up at the boat demanding Witherspoon, Matt, dressed as the colonel, obliges them until he realizes that Witherspoon is their target. Although Matt tries to explain his impersonation, the gun-toting Beelers refuse to believe him, and a frantic chase around the boat ensues. Matt removes his disguise, pushes the sheriff into the river and dashes back to the hotel. To avoid the enraged sheriff, Matt dons his disguise once more, but is shocked when Penelope arrives and identifies him as her long-lost husband. When Penelope, whose family tore her away from Witherspoon on their wedding night, insists on reviving her marriage, Beeler agrees to end the feud. To Matt's horror, however, Beeler then demands that Witherspoon go immediately to the bridal suite with Penelope. While the married Matt tries to stall the Beelers, Norris learns from bank manager Clay that earlier that day, Witherspoon withdrew a large sum of cash from his bank but never returned home. Matt, meanwhile, is forced into the bridal suite with Penelope, but manages to remove his disguise and sneak away. To avoid the sheriff, Matt re-dons his disguise and is identified by Clay as an impostor. Clay and the sheriff pursue Matt to the boat, and another chase ensues. The real Witherspoon returns in the nick of time and explains that he left his family in order to reunite with Penelope. After Witherspoon insists to the sheriff that Matt is his adopted son, Matt and his riverboat shove off for their next adventure. +

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