Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

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Director: Charles "Chuck" Riesner

Cast: Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis

     
 

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Not the best of Buster Keaton's silents, Steamboat Bill, Jr. nonetheless contains some of Keaton's best and most spectacular sight gags. Keaton plays Willie Canfield, the namby-pamby son of rough-and-tumble steamboat captain "Steamboat Bill" Canfield (Ernest Torrence). When he's not trying to make a man out of his boy, the captain is carrying on a feud with Tom

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Not the best of Buster Keaton's silents, Steamboat Bill, Jr. nonetheless contains some of Keaton's best and most spectacular sight gags. Keaton plays Willie Canfield, the namby-pamby son of rough-and-tumble steamboat captain "Steamboat Bill" Canfield (Ernest Torrence). When he's not trying to make a man out of his boy, the captain is carrying on a feud with Tom Carter (Tom McGuire), the wealthy owner of a fancy new ferryboat. Carter has a pretty daughter, Mary King (Marion Byron), with whom Willie falls in love. The two younger folks try to patch up the feud, but this seems impossible once the captain is jailed for punching out Carter. Willie tries ineptly to bust his dad out of jail, only to wind up in the hospital while trying to escape the law. As Willie lies unconscious in bed, a huge cyclone hits town, knocking down tall buildings like kindling. Upon awakening, he does his best to remain standing as the winds buffet him about. He takes refuge in a tree, which is promptly uprooted and blown toward the waterfront. Here is where Willie proves his manhood -- and ends the feud between Steamboat Bill and Carter -- by rescuing practically everyone in the cast from a watery grave. Steamboat Bill, Jr. would be memorable if only for one eye-popping (and dangerously real) sight gag: as the cyclone rages, the facade of a three-story building collapses upon Keaton -- who is saved only because the upstairs window has been left open!

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0738329069520
Original Release:
1928
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:10:00
Sales rank:
37,852

Special Features

Complete alternate version of Steamboat Bill, Jr., comprised entirely of variant takes and camera angles; ; Music by The Biograph Players presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; ; Organ Score by Lee Erwin; Piano Score by William Perry; Documentary on the Making of the film; Stills Gallery; "Why They Call Him Buster," a montage of pratfalls; ; Two Vintage Recordings of the folk song "Steamboat Bill"

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Steamboat Bill, Jr. 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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A highly energetic movie with a common theme of the establishment of manhood. It was entertaining though perhaps a bit drawn out.