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

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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 this film and One Week (1920) into a four-reel comedy about the misadventures of a husband and wife. However, the feature never materialized. See more »

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The radio mast that Keaton erects on the boat is missing in the shots of the boat model. See more »

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His Son: [they're stranded in the middle of the ocean in the pouring rain] Pa, I want a drink.
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A better short subject by a master
26 January 1999 | by (St. Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one of Buster Keaton's better short films. The key is the simplicity of the premise...Keaton's character builds a houseboat...and the multitude of problems that it causes.

The jokes are simple but usually funny (even now in our more "enlightened times" and Keaton's slapstick acrobatics are, as usual, simply wonderful to watch. He uses that one basic, if large, prop...the boat...to great effect.

And the final line, while an old joke, is still funny.


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