Cruisin' Down the River (1953)

79 mins | Musical | August 1953

Director:

Richard Quine

Producer:

Jonie Taps

Cinematographer:

Charles "Bud" Lawton

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designer:

Robert Peterson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Aug 1953.
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Daily Variety
17 Jul 53
p. 4.
Film Daily
23 Jul 53
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 53
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 53
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 53
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Jul 53
p. 1927.
Variety
22 Jul 53
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd eng
DANCE
Choreographer
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Honey Man," words and music by Joe McCarthy and Al Piantados
"There Goes That Song Again," words by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne
"Pennies from Heaven," words by John Burke, music by Arthur Johnston
+
SONGS
"Honey Man," words and music by Joe McCarthy and Al Piantados
"There Goes That Song Again," words by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne
"Pennies from Heaven," words by John Burke, music by Arthur Johnston
"Has Your Mother Any More Like You," words and music by Robert A. Keiser
"Sing You Sinners," words and music by Sam Coslow and W. Franke Harling
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," traditional, arranged by Jester Hairston
"Father, Dear Father," words and music by Henry C. Work
"I Never Knew," words and music by Tom Pitts, Ray Egan and Roy Marsh
"Cruisin' Down the River," words and music by Eily Beadell and Neil Tollerton.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1953
Production Date:
mid January--late January 1953
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 August 1953
Copyright Number:
LP2863
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
79
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16330
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

First mate of the showboat Chattahoochie Queen , Humphrey Hepburn, recalls how in the 1880s on Alabama's Chattahoochie River, Captain Thadeus Jackson recklessly took on renowned gambler Beauregard Clemment and lost his entire fortune, including the Queen . Thadeus left the Queen outraged, as Beau had also won the heart of the Queen 's star attraction, singer and dancer Melissa Curry. The aged Humphrey reflects that Melissa and Beauregard had a son and later grandson, also named Beauregard, who currently sings with a small trio in a New York City nightclub. After bringing Beau the news that his grandfather has just passed away and left him the Chattahoochie Queen , Humphrey fills Beau in on his past and reveals that Thadeus is still alive and hankering after the Queen . Beau takes a brief leave from the nightclub to examine the riverboat in Riverdale, Alabama, but when Humphrey admits that a steep mortgage on the Queen exists, Beau seriously considers selling out to Thadeus. At the Jackson home, Beau meets Thadeus' granddaughter, college teacher Sally Jane, but flees for his life when Thadeus fires a shotgun at him. Embarrassed, Sally Jane goes after Beau to apologize, and he takes her aboard the dilapidated Queen . There Humphrey tells them both about how Melissa and Beauregard happily spent their ... +


First mate of the showboat Chattahoochie Queen , Humphrey Hepburn, recalls how in the 1880s on Alabama's Chattahoochie River, Captain Thadeus Jackson recklessly took on renowned gambler Beauregard Clemment and lost his entire fortune, including the Queen . Thadeus left the Queen outraged, as Beau had also won the heart of the Queen 's star attraction, singer and dancer Melissa Curry. The aged Humphrey reflects that Melissa and Beauregard had a son and later grandson, also named Beauregard, who currently sings with a small trio in a New York City nightclub. After bringing Beau the news that his grandfather has just passed away and left him the Chattahoochie Queen , Humphrey fills Beau in on his past and reveals that Thadeus is still alive and hankering after the Queen . Beau takes a brief leave from the nightclub to examine the riverboat in Riverdale, Alabama, but when Humphrey admits that a steep mortgage on the Queen exists, Beau seriously considers selling out to Thadeus. At the Jackson home, Beau meets Thadeus' granddaughter, college teacher Sally Jane, but flees for his life when Thadeus fires a shotgun at him. Embarrassed, Sally Jane goes after Beau to apologize, and he takes her aboard the dilapidated Queen . There Humphrey tells them both about how Melissa and Beauregard happily spent their marriage entertaining on board the Queen , until Melissa became pregnant and was confined to bed, only to die in childbirth. Moved by the story, Beau wonders about trying to keep the old boat in the family by converting it into a floating nightclub. When Beau worries about the expense of such an endeavor, Sally Jane encourages him, then, upon returning home, asks Thadeus' butler, William, if she might accompany him to his barbecue with the neighbors that night. Sally Jane brings Beau to the picnic, which is populated by a number of local singers. Along with William, they entertain the crowd, and Sally Jane convinces Beau that William and his friends would be ideal entertainment acts for the Queen . Beau decides to go ahead with renovating the Queen , but the following day, reports to Sally Jane that no one in town will sell him the materials he needs. Realizing that Thadeus is responsible, Sally Jane chastens her grandfather, who insists he was robbed years ago by Beau's grandfather and the Queen rightfully belongs to him. When Sally Jane admits she is attracted to Beau, Thadeus feigns a heart attack, hoping to force Sally Jane into promising she will never marry Beau. The next day, Sally Jane asks her students who are remaining in Riverdale for spring break to help restore the Queen . With William's help, Sally Jane charges all the materials needed to her grandfather, dismaying Beau. Beau proposes to Sally, but she asks him to wait until after the show opens. William and his friends entertain the students as they work throughout the next few days, and once the boat has been overhauled, Beau and William begin auditioning students to perform in their show. As opening night approaches, Thadeus grows increasingly suspicious of Sally Jane's long absences and on opening night, contacts a neighbor, who explains that the whole town is attending the opening of the Queen's nightclub, for which Thadeus has paid. Furious, Thadeus summons the sheriff and demands the show be halted on the grounds that his money was used without his knowledge or approval. Just before the show, Sally Jane rushes to Beau with the news that Thadeus has a legal right to intervene and make a partial claim on the entire property. Hoping to escape the sheriff, Beau hastily pulls anchor and struggles to get the long-moored boat moving before going on with the show. Thadeus and the sheriff follow in a motor boat, but when they reach the Queen , they realize they have crossed over into Georgia, which prevents the boat from being seized. Beau's agent, Dave Singer, enthusiastically offers to buy the Queen and her act, but Thadeus protests until the two agree on a fifty-fifty ownership. When Sally Jane happily agrees to marry Beau, they realize the boat has remained in the family after all. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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