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The Navigator -- A precursor to his classic THE GENERAL--only centered around a 500-foot steamship rather than a Civil War locomotive--THE NAVIGATOR demonstrates Buster Keaton's ability to transform complex machinery into large-scale comedy props.

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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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Keaton gets into some hijinx See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... Rollo Treadway
Kathryn McGuire ... Betsy O'Brien
Frederick Vroom ... John O'Brien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clarence Burton ... Spy (uncredited)
H.N. Clugston ... Spy (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Cannibal Chief (uncredited)

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)
 
Costume Design by
Clare West (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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The ship in the movie was actually the USAT Buford, named after prominent Union Civil War cavalry officer and hero of Gettysburg Gen. John T. Buford. The ship had begun life as the S.S. Mississippi for the Atlantic Transport Line in 1890. It was later purchased and renamed by the US government in 1898 and became an army troop transport in the Spanish American War and in WW I. Its most notorious incarnation was as the "Soviet Ark" (or "Red Ark") when the ship was used to deport 249 political radicals and other "undesirable" aliens, among them the fiery anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, to the Russian SFSR in December, 1919, during the Palmer Raids of the first "Red Scare" period in the U.S.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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Keaton gets into some hijinx, 10 November 2014
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Rich sap Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) pines to marry sweetheart Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire). He sets all the arrangements to sail to Honolulu except she says no to him. Her father John O'Brien (Frederick Vroom) had sold his ship 'The Navigator' to one side of a conflict. The opposing agents intend to set the ship adrift and then sunk. John goes to retrieve some documents but is captured by the spies. Betsy goes on board to find him but is stranded on board as the ship is set adrift. Meanwhile Rollo goes to the wrong Pier and finds himself on board 'The Navigator'. He wakes up to find himself alone with Betsy on the giant ship.

The setup is a little wonky. Once the two characters are alone on the ship, they get up some good hijinx. They don't have much chemistry at first but the more wacky adventure they get into, the better they become. She's almost just as game although Keaton's physical comedy is still king. The highlight is probably the underwater work and then fighting off the cannibals. It's always funny to have a monkey.

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