Steamboat Round the Bend

Synopsis: Dr. John Pearly is an affable, turn-of-the-century con man who sells a patent medicine whose primary ingredient is whiskey. He resurrects a broken down steamboat with a makeshift crew and challenges the respectable but arrogant Captain Eli to a winner-take-all river race. Pearly hopes his nephew Duke will serve as pilot, but the young man stands accused of murdering a 'swamp rat' who threatened the honor of 'swamp girl' Fleety Belle. After Duke is arrested, Pearly tries to raise money for a lawyer by charging admission to a wax museum aboard his ship. Ultimately he gambles it all in the river race to Baton Rouge, where he hopes to find a witness whose testimony will free Duke.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Ford
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
82 min

You bet your life. And he's a

great boy, Duke.

I thought he was pilot on the

Memphis Girl.

Well, he was. He's the main

pilot on there.

But not no more. He's making

his last trip...

and then he's comin' right on

there with me.

You stick to doctoring.

You ain't no steamboat man.

Cramp her, Mink.

Cramp her. Ill take her, Mink.

Well, admittin' Duke's a

pretty good boy...

what could you do on a steamboat?

Well, Im just gonna sit up in the

pilot's house...

and toot the whistle and listen

to that old river sing.

The way you brag, I suppose...

you're fixin' to stick that old

apple crate yonder...

in the big race to Baton Rouge

this summer.

I never had thought of that.

But that's an idea at that.

You know, the Claremore Queen

won that race in '84.

And with... And with Duke

as a pilot...

Ill bet she could win it again.

I suppose you'd like to bet your

boat against my boat...

on the result of that race, huh?

Well, l-I don't know.

Well, Ill bet you at that.

Ill bet you.

You made yourself a bet and lost

yourself a steamboat.

Come up and get it. Come on.

Good-bye, folks. Good-bye.

Ain't you gonna stay ashore here

with us, brother?

The devil's pretty active

around these parts.

Nay, brother. The Lord's a-callin'

me up the river.

Gotta wrestle with the captain of

the Memphis Girl.

He's backslid.

Well, durn my britches! The

Memphis Girl, huh?

Say, Ive got a nephew works

on that boat.

You need anybody to help you

wrestle with the devil,...

he'll help you.

He's the best wrestler in this

whole country.

His name's Duke. Duke's

his name.

Yes, sir. He's pilot of the boat.

Thank you, brother. Ill fetch

him the word.

You tell him to hurry on down

here. I ain't...

any man to be kept waitin'.

Good-bye, brother. Keep the faith.

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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