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

Repent, oh, ye sinners!

Oh, ye children of darkness...


the New Moses.

Fight down the demon rum!


I was once a sinner like you.

I was a hog.

I was a slave of the demon rum.

A child of hell!

Yes, sir.

But I was saved by this ribbon.

It raised me from a hog to a man.

It can do the same for you.

Raise your right hand and

take the pledge.

Brother, what do I see in

your hand?

Don't be a hog!

Cast the enemy away!

Bury demon rum in the waters of

the mighty Mississippi!

Fling it away, I say!

I swear that henceforth...

liquor shall never touch my lips.

-Me too.

-Bless you, brother.

Bless you.

Look at that. You see that? See

that picture on there?

Yeah, that's Pocahontas, the

wonderful little...

Indian woman.

You know, you all know the

story of Pocahontas.

You know? That saved John

Smith's life, you know?

Well, John Smith wanted to get

this remedy from...

Pocahontas, you know?

Course, it's just made out of pure

roots and herbs...

that she picked up on the hillside.

But she wouldn't give him this

remedy. He couldn't get it.

He had to marry her to get it.

Oh, yes, he did. He had to marry

her to get the remedy.

And that's how it got into

the Smith family.

And that's been handed down from

generation to generation...

from Smith to Smith right

on down...

and that's how it come clear

down to me.

-My great-grandmother was a Smith.

-Mine too, Doc!

I doubt it. Say, lookee here.

Lookee here, my friend. You don't

look good. Now, you are ill.

You are sick, and you

don't know it.

Well, l-I do feel kind

of bad, Doc.

I knew it.

I could just look at you- Would

you mind stepping up here?

Just get up here on the platform,

will ya?

Now, you folks know that this man

is no confederate of mine.

I never saw him before.

Now, along in the spring, just

about the time...

you should go to plowin'...

why, you feel kind of tired,

don't you?

You're right, Doc.

And you know that I'm right,

don't you?

You know what that is? That's

spring sickness,...

that's what it is.

It's spring sickness, and the only

thing that'll cure...

that is Pocahontas.

Pocahontas. You know, the main

thing about Pocahontas is...

that you can't do a tap of work...

you're not allowed to turn a hand

until the whole bottle is empty.

You mean, I can't even sharpen the

ax for the old woman to cut wood?

Why, you can't even hitch up

the mules for her.

I'll take a bottle, Doc.

Its 50 cents a bottle. l-I haven't

got change for...

that dollar here.

You don't mind just takin' another

bottle, do you?

Because, you know, you're gonna

be tired during the summer...

and that'll carry you over

till I get back.

Now, who else wants a bottle?

You don't have to work.

You can lay off anytime.

I've got a few.

Complete relaxation while you're

taking it. Here you are.

Who'll have another bottle here?

Hey, Doc, let me have one

of them two bits.

Im awful sorry, lady. I haven't

got any more of...

the 10-cent ones.

They're all 25 cents, ma'am.

I didn't have enough.

There you are.

Who'll have another?

-Morning, Captain Eli.

-Hello, Doc.

Make yourself at home.

Say, what in thunder are you doin'?

Im just teaching you how to

salute my boat.

The Claremore Queen. Look at

her layin' over there.


Give her two more toots.

Say, that's four.

-That's a-That's a double salute.


Just honoring the unburied dead,

that's all.

Yeah, don't-don't try to poke

any fun at that.

Duke and I just bought it.

We saved up every nickel we

got to get that boat.


That's your nephew, ain't it?

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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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