The Naughty Nineties

Synopsis: In the gay '90s, cardsharps take over a Mississippi riverboat from a kindly captain. Their first act is to change the showboat into a floating gambling house. A ham actor and his bumbling sidekick try to devise a way to help the captain regain ownership of the vessel.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Director(s): Jean Yarbrough
Production: Universal Pictures
76 min

Get yourself set

for a red letter day

The showboat's

comin'to town

It isn't here yet

but it's headin'our way

The showboat's

comin'to town

It's rollin'down the river

Rollin'down the river

Rollin'down the river road

Banjos are a-strumming 'cause

the showboat is comin'

Rollin'down the river road

Hello, Captain Sam.

Welcome to Ironville.

Howdy, Henry.

That little Susie?

Had to carry her on board

last time we played Ironville.

Wait till you see

my little gal.

And now I want you to meet

a new member of our company.

The greatest actor on the river and

our new leading man for the season,

Mr. Dexter Broadhurst!


I rolled over.

Well, here's the packet office.

Be on the next boat out of town.

Thank you for your generous

hospitality, Sheriff.

Just miss that river packet, and I'll

give you a taste of my hospitality...

in the cooler.

Our leading lady, Miss CarolineJackson,

will now sing "On a Sunday Afternoon. "

On a Sunday afternoon

In the merry month ofJune

Take a trip up the Hudson

or down the Bay

Take a trolley to Coney

or Rockaway

On a Sunday afternoon

You can see

the lovers spoon

They work hard on Monday

but one day that's fun day

Is Sunday after...

Stop that singing!

Get off this street. Go back

to the river where you belong.

You're ruinin'my business. Hey, you

can't talk to Miss Caroline like that.

Who says I can't?

I don't want any trouble

from you, shorty!

Yes, sir.

I'm sorry, sir.

Now, don't bother the young lady

while she's singing.

Now listen,

this is none of your...

It's none of my business.

You tell him.

Now, Miss,

will you please continue?

On a Sunday afternoon

You can see the lovers spoon

They work hard on Monday

but one day that's fun day

Is Sunday afternoon

Save it! That's only a sample of

what you're going to see tonight.

Captain Sam always gives you the cleanest,

finest entertainment on the river.

Bring the children.

Curtain goes up at 8:00.

We can kill time on the

showboat until the packet leaves.

Yes, we don't want

to miss that packet.

I've kept us two jumps

ahead of the sheriff so far.

Barely one jump

ahead this time.

Probably a tank town show. Better

than waiting here. Yeah, that's right.



Oh, Nell, I have

some good news for you, Nell.

Mr. Singleton

is going to buy my invention.

Hark.! 'Tis the train

rounding the bend.

Oh, sweetheart,

after I've sold this invention,

you will have silks and satins,

you'll have riches,

you'll have servants

and a home fit for a king.

Oh, Bill, I only want you.

That is riches enough for me.

'Tis the hoofbeats of my trusty

steed, bringing Mr. Singleton to me.

Bill, I'll leave you two men

to talk of business.

I must rush and tell Mother

the good news.

But I shall return.

Bye-bye, dear.

Ah, me lad, I've come

to invite you to the city...

where I can introduce to you

the delights of civilization.

No, Mr. Singleton.

No, no, no.

I'm a native of these parts,

and I belong here...

with my friends, in my mill.

Ah, this is my life.

This, uh... This, uh...

Will you get out of here? There's

a play going on. Get out! Out!

Uh, Mr. Singleton...

Will you get out?

Out. Yes.

Mr. Singleton, I... I...

Uh, Mr. Singleton...



As I said before,

no, no, Mr. Singleton.

I'm a native of these parts.

I belong here with my friends.

What have you got to make

you happy around these parts?

What have I got?

Why, here she comes now,

tripping over the threshold

like a little ray of sunshine.

Nell, I want you to meet

Mr. Singleton.

He's taking my invention

to New York with him.

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