One of the mercurial John Ford's (The Searchers) more rarely screened works so much welcomed on DVD STEAMBOAT ROUND THE BEND marked the swansong of Will Rogers, one of America's most popular humorists.
A fast-paced comedy that's also an engaging slice of Americana, Rogers stars as Dr. John, the proprietor of a travelling waxworks cum medicine show aboard an old steamboat on the Mississippi. Along for the ride is a skeleton crew, including the wonderfully named Fleety Belle (Anne Shirley). Their mission? To raise funds to pay the legal fees that may save Dr. John's nephew from the gallows.
Also featuring the comedic talents of Irvin S. Cobb, STEAMBOAT ROUND THE BEND has all the charm of a Mark Twain novel and is equally full of colourful characters and outrageous (mis) adventures.