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Date: January 29, 2003 at 08:42:03
From: Judy Patsch, [cache-rm04.proxy.aol.com]
Subject: Re: Steamboats in the Movies - OOPS!


Two more recent movie sightings include the Natchez in
Tom Cruise's Interview with a Vampire. She was at
Jackson Barracks, where they had built the fake town on
the levee which burned in the end I guess. Back in
1984, the Julia Belle Swain starred in Life on the
Mississippi, a PBS production. She was the Paul Jones
in the first part, made to look small and shabby(they
built a chicken coop around her calliope as calliopes
hadn't hit the river yet in MTs day); then in the
second part she was the Aleck Scott, looking much like
her normal self. If you haven't seen this movie, I
highly recommend it. I used it in my river unit when
teaching reading, so I've seen it 70 or 75 times. Capt.
Dennis Trone and pilot Bob Anton both had bit parts in
it. Life on the Mississippi was filmed on the Illinois
River because they needed large enough spot unpopulated
and not heavily trafficked in order to do the filming!
...........


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