Steamboat Bill, Jr.

THE LAUGH SPECIAL OF THE AGE.

steamboatbilljrPaddle steamer captain William Canfield (Ernest Torrance) is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his son (Buster Keaton) whom he hasn’t seen since he was a baby… but the college kid is a huge disappointment. The last movie Keaton made with United Artists was no hit, but has still become one of his minor classics, mostly because of the last twenty minutes when a hurricane strikes. The visual effects, combined with more creative gags, make for great entertainment; this is where we see Keaton’s most famous stunt, the one with the collapsing wall that almost crushes him. There are other amusing moments, even though the story isn’t much. Torrance is an effective straight man to Keaton. 

1928-U.S. Silent. 71 min. B/W. Produced by Joseph M. Schenck. Directed by Charles F. Riesner. Screenplay: Carl Harbaugh. Cast: Buster Keaton (William Canfield, Jr.), Ernest Torrance (William Canfield), Marion Byron (Kitty King), Tom Lewis, Tom McGuire.

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