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Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.

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The Boat Builder (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Buster's handmade boat, The Damfino, is finished and is, of course, too large to get through the basement door. When he drives off with it in tow, the side of his house, then the whole thing, collapses. At the harbor he rides the boat out only to have it sink beneath him. The rest is a series of adventures he and his family have with the restored boat. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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After several two-reelers co-starring Virginia Fox, Buster asked back Sybil Seely with the intention of combining The Boat and One Week (1920) into a four reel comedy about the misadventures of a husband and wife. However, the feature never materialized. See more »

Goofs

When the boat rolls, Keaton's feet are in different positions to where he hailed his shoes to the floor. See more »

Quotes

SOS Receiver: Who is it?
The Boat Builder: Damfino.
SOS Receiver: Neither do I!
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8 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not a bad short film...it's just not a cinematic one. Not everything we see here can exclusively be expressed in the film medium.

On the other hand, there are some first rate sight gags. Buster is placed in this is as a 'builder', who destroys things far more often than he creates them. Hole in the side of the boat? Nail a pancake over it. Pancake falls off and springs a leak? Drill a hole in the floor for 'drainage'. Your boat capsizes over and over? Nail your shoes to the boards. Who sent the distress signal? "Dam f i no!"

The rotating boat gag is extremely influential; the 'zero gravity' scenes in "2001" can claim lineage from this. But the gags only work as isolated events; nothing really ties this all together, and therein lies the movie's weakness.


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