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Cruisin' Down The River (1953)
Starring Dick Haymes and Audrey Totter

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
A Big Apple nightclub singer inherits a riverboat from his late grandfather and learns, via flashback, the interesting story of how his granddaddy acquired the craft. When he won a bet during a fight over possession of the boat, the crafty old gambler not only acquired the riverboat but also the rights to the loser's granddaughter. When the singer learns of this he goes to the now-old loser, and with the help of the granddaughter, who has grown into a beautiful and talented young woman, reconciles with him. Together the three decide to turn the rickety old boat into a fabulous showboat.
Director: Richard Quine
Writers: Blake Edwards, Richard Quine

Stars: Dick Haymes, Audrey Totter, Billy Daniels, Cecil Kellaway, Connie Russell, Douglas Fowley, Larry Blake, Johnny Downs, The Bell Sisters, Erze Ivan, Sylvia Lewis
Songs include:

There Goes That Song Again
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Dick Haymes

Sing You Sinners
Written by Sam Coslow and W. Franke Harling

Crusin' Down the River
Written by Eily Beadell and Nellie Tollerton

I Never Knew
Written by Tom Pitts, Ray Egan and Roy K. Marsh

Has Your Mother Any More Like You
Written by Robert A. King (as Robert Keiser)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis

Honey Man
Written by Joseph McCarthy and Al Piantadosi

She's More to Be Pitied Than Censured
Written by William B. Gray

Father, Dear Father
Written by Henry Clay Work

Pennies From Heaven
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke

It's directed by Richard Quine and scripted by Blake Edwards and Quine; the two of them did very well out of their work and you can see why. Although Mr. Haymes is a very pleasant performer -- he even does a bit of soft-shoe a couple of times -- with a dazzling smile, Billy Daniels blows him away with his simple line readings and lively singing (although cameraman Charles Lawton Jr. favors Mr. Daniels with lively crab-dolly work and no cuts during his numbers). It's good to see Audrey Totter in a good-girl role.
Beau Clemment, a singer in New York City, learns that he has inherited a riverboat once owned by his grandfather, Beauregard, who had won it from its captain, Thaddeus Jackson, in a game of chance. Jackson has been bitter ever since, his old acquaintance Humphrey Hepburn recalling how Beauregard also won the heart of the vessel's star performer, Melissa Curry.
Beau travels to Alabama to claim the boat, which he finds in something far less than ship-shape condition. Unsure whether to scrap it or sell what's left of it, Beau meets singer Sally Jane Jackson, granddaughter of Thaddeus, and they develop a mutual attraction. He elects to restore the vessel and launch it with entertainment and gambling. He even recruits Thaddeus's singing butler, William, to perform aboard ship.
Thaddeus objects to his ownership and presence, doing everything in his power to scuttle the venture. By the time the law catches up to it, Beau's boat has sailed into Georgia, out of its jurisdiction. Thaddeus, finally accepting the situation, is given a 50-50 interest in the boat with Beau, who is about to wed Sally Jane and become a part of the family.
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