Mississippi

Mississippi

Director: Edward Sutherland, Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett

Cast: Edward Sutherland, Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett

     
 
In this comedy with musical numbers set in the Old South, Bing Crosby plays a singer (talk about a casting stretch!) from Philadelphia named Tom Grayson, who has fallen in love with Southern heiress Elvira Rumford (Gail Patrick). Tom wants to marry Elvira, but a man called Major Patterson (John Miljan) has announced his desire to do the same, and he challenges Tom to

Overview

In this comedy with musical numbers set in the Old South, Bing Crosby plays a singer (talk about a casting stretch!) from Philadelphia named Tom Grayson, who has fallen in love with Southern heiress Elvira Rumford (Gail Patrick). Tom wants to marry Elvira, but a man called Major Patterson (John Miljan) has announced his desire to do the same, and he challenges Tom to a duel to decide who will have Elvira's hand. Tom is not at all agreeable to this idea, which leads Elvira's father (Claude Gillingwater) to proclaim Tom to be a coward and deny him permission to wed his daughter. Elvira's sister Lucy (Joan Bennett), who is infatuated with Tom, thinks that he's merely being sensible, but Tom thinks that Lucy is too young for a serious relationship. In need of work and not especially welcome in the Rumford's community, Tom takes a job performing on a riverboat piloted by the blustery Commodore Orlando Jackson (W.C. Fields). One night, Tom finds himself in a barroom brawl with a man named Captain Blackie (Fred Kohler), who dies accidentally from a shot fired by his own gun. Hoping that his infamy will draw crowds, Jackson begins billing Tom as "The Singing Killer." Tom comes to realize that Lucy may be the right woman for him after all, but Lucy is not interested in a man with blood on his hands, and now Tom must convince her that he's not a killer at all. Noted gambling aficionado Fields has a hilarious poker-playing bit, and he steals most of his scenes from the rest of the cast. Mississippi was loosely based on the play "Magnolia" by Booth Tarkington.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hart, highlighted by the superb "Easy to Remember," delivered in equally superb form by Bing Crosby. Crosby is actually in superb form throughout (even if he looks a might uncomfortable in some of the costumes). Vocally, he's every bit as strong as one would expect, but he also handles his dramatic chores very skillfully. The screenplay may not be top drawer, but Crosby doesn't let that get in his way. That's good, too, as he already has his hands full keeping Fields from stealing the whole show away. (Watch out for the classic gambling scene.) With the two male stars going great guns, it's easy to overlook the delightful work turned in by Joan Bennett, who's a treat in what could be a fairly bland role. Like many other older films set in the South, it has an unfortunate number of racial slurs that will offend modern audiences. But if the viewer can get past these and some of the other flaws in the writing, they'll likely be highly entertained by those wonderful songs and the appealing cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2014
UPC:
0025192181016
Original Release:
1935
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
13,424

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Tom Grayson,Col. Steele
W.C. Fields Commodore Orlando Jackson
Joan Bennett Lucy Rumford
Queenie Smith Alabam
Gail Patrick Elvira Rumford
Paul Hurst Hefty
John Miljan Maj. Patterson
Edward Pawley Joe Patterson
Fred Kohler Capt. Blackie
King Baggot 1st Gambler
Mahlon Hamilton 2nd Gambler
Jack Mulhall Duelist
Matthew Betz Men at Bar
Stanley Andrews Actor
James Burke Passenger in Pilot House
Jack Carlyle Referee
Helene Chadwick Actor
Harry Cody Abner, Bartender
Theresa Maxwell Conover Miss Markham
Bruce Covington Colonel
Jules Cowles Bartender
Dan Crimmins Actor
Jan Duggan Passenger on Boat
Clarence Geldert Hotel Proprietor
Claude Gillingwater Gen. Rumford
William Gould Actor
Lew Kelly Actor
Charles King Desk Clerk
John Larkin Rumbo
George Lloyd Gambler
Francis McDonald Actor
J.P. McGowan Dealer
Bob McKenzie Show Patron
Arthur Millett Actor
Harry Myers Joe, Stage Manager
Dennis O'Keefe Actor
Victor Potel Guest
Warner P. Richmond Man at Bar Who Pulls a Gun
Warren Rogers Actor
Jean Rouverol Friend of Lucy
Richard Scott Second
Ann Sheridan Extra, at engagement party
C.L. Sherwood Actor
Oscar Smith Valet
Jerome Storm Extras at Opening
Eddie Sturgis Actor
Forrest Taylor Man at Bar Who Orders Sarsaparilla
Libby Taylor Lavinia Washington
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Valet
Mabel Van Buren Actor
Cabin Kids Actor
Mildred Stone Actor
Bert Lindley Actor

Technical Credits
Edward Sutherland Director
Claude Binyon Screenwriter
Jack Cunningham Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Herbert Fields Screenwriter
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Chandler House Editor
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Francis Martin Screenwriter

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