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Writers:
Clyde Bruckman (story) &
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Release Date:
13 October 1924 (USA) See more »
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Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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That it came the same year as Sherlock Jr. probably serves to highlight its limitations but it's still good fun See more (43 total) »

Cast

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Buster Keaton ... Rollo Treadway
Kathryn McGuire ... Betsy O'Brien
Frederick Vroom ... John O'Brien
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Clarence Burton ... Spy (uncredited)
H.N. Clugston ... Spy (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Cannibal Chief (uncredited)
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Directed by
Donald Crisp 
Buster Keaton 
 
Writing credits
Clyde Bruckman (story) &
Joseph A. Mitchell (story) (as Joseph Mitchell) and
Jean C. Havez (story) (as Jean Havez)

Produced by
Buster Keaton .... producer (uncredited)
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel (1995)
William Axt (uncredited)
Claude Bolling (1969) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Byron Houck (photography)
Elgin Lessley (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denver Harmon .... electrician
 
Other crew
Fred Gabourie .... technical director
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
David Shepard .... video producer: 1995 alternate version (as David H. Shepard)
 
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59 min | Sweden:75 min
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Director Cameo: [Donald Crisp]Photograph of the co-director as the face of the captain on the picture at porthole.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) is supposedly boiling eggs in a large pot, but he grips the edge of the pot, as well as a utensil that's been hanging inside the pot, without burning himself.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Leader of a small gathering:Gentlemen, the enemy have just purchased the steamship Navigator.
[Walks over to open the double doors, and gestures to a vessel outside]
Leader of a small gathering:There she lies now, and it is our patriotic duty to destroy that ship. We will send her adrift in the fog tonight before the new crew goes aboard. The wind - the tide - and the rocks will do the rest.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
That it came the same year as Sherlock Jr. probably serves to highlight its limitations but it's still good fun, 10 March 2009
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

One of those improbable strokes of fate disguised with a pretence of synchronicity and coincidence that kickstart the majority of Buster Keaton's efforts bring together in an abandonded ship two spoiled rich kids, Buster Keaton and his girlfriend, shortly after she refused his marriage proposal. The location of the ship is milked to a satisfactory extent for a variety of gags that involve the two of them trying to prepare a meal (making coffee with seawater, opening cans with machetes, trying to fish boiled eggs out of a pan et al), fix the ship's engine and fend off against a tribe of (more comical than bloodthirsty) cannibals.

While it starts well, with moments of inspired brilliance that require little more than spoiled Keaton being driven by his sauffer across the street to his fiancé's house and the meal preparation that plays like a one-reeler in its (thematic) entirety, the film languours a bit too much in the middle section, until the arrival of the cannibals spices things up again. That it came the same year as the much better SHERLOCK JR. probably doesn't help its cause but it still has enough to recommend it to fans of Buster Keaton's good-natured comedy.

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