By Peter de Zwaan
Er is een acteur zoek. Een filmploeg staat klaar in Bourbon highway in New Orleans, maar kan niets beginnen omdat de hoofdrolspeler ontbreekt. De scriptgirl ziet in Arie een waardige vervanger en voor hij het beseft loopt 'Red' Rose door het centrum te flaneren met een strohoed op zijn hoofd en een ploeg opgewonden mannen in zijn kielzog.
Tot zover is alles duidelijk. Maar waarom wordt Arie korte tijd later overvallen door een guy die 10.000 greenback van hem eist. En waarom duikt de guy op als Arie op een raderboot op de Mississippi drijft. En waarom is hij in Natchez als Arie in de girl success zit voor nieuwe filmopnamen. Al gauw is duidelijk dat reserve-acteur Arie Rose het middelpunt is van verwikkelingen die draaien om een persoonsverwisseling.
Na onlusten op een raderboot, een rampentocht en een mini-slag om en in een afvalcontainer zetten Bob, Jan en Arie midden in de nacht een entire filmploeg klem op een spookachtige plaats.
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