Steamboat Round the Bend

Steamboat Round the Bend

Film poster by Joseph A. Maturo
Directed by John Ford
Produced by Sol M. Wurtzel
Written by Ben Lucien Burman
Dudley Nichols
Lamar Trotti
Starring Will Rogers
Anne Shirley
Cinematography George Schneiderman
Edited by Alfred DeGaetano[1]
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • September 6, 1935 (1935-09-06)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.3 million[2]

Steamboat Round the Bend is a 1935 American comedy film directed by John Ford,[3] based on the 1933 novel of the same name by author Ben Lucien Burman. The film stars Will Rogers and was released a few weeks after his death in an airplane crash.


A con man enters his steamboat in a winner-take-all steamboat race with a rival while attempting to find a eyewitness that will save his nephew, who has been wrongly convicted of murder, from the gallows.


Home video

Steamboat Round the Bend was released as a region 1 DVD in 2006.[4][5]


  1. Jack Murray was likely an uncredited editor on this film; see Pommer, John E. (July 24, 1994). "The Eyes Had It". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-28. I enjoyed Kenneth Turan's article on John Ford. Almost 60 years ago, I worked as assistant film editor on his "Steamboat 'Round the Bend." The film editor was Jack Murray, who often worked with Ford. Pommer is the son of Erich Pommer.
  2. Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) p 942 accessed 19 April 2014
  3. Sennwald, Andre (September 20, 1935). "MOVIE REVIEW: Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)". The New York Times.
  4. Steamboat 'round the bend (DVD (region 1)). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 2006. OCLC 70863144.
  5. John Ford's American comedies (DVD (region 1)). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 2007. OCLC 232835853.
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