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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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Another Silent Movie Gem See more (43 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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The underwater scenes of Buster Keaton trying to repair the ship in full diving gear were originally intended to be filmed in the local municipal swimming pool. However, the pool was not deep enough, so higher retaining walls were built around the edges, to hold more water. Unfortunately, the weight of the additional water broke the bottom of the pool, and Keaton had to pay for the repair. The production was moved to Lake Tahoe, where the water was very clear, but so cold that Keaton could only stay under for ten minutes at a time. The camera crew was sent down in a watertight box, with ice packed around the camera to keep the lens from fogging over.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Another Silent Movie Gem, 24 January 2012
Author: NineFelines from United States

Buster Keaton does an admirable job as a well-meaning, but very sheltered rich playboy. He seems to have very little practical knowledge of the world or how to get by without servants and he uses these traits successfully in his humorous shenanigans. Differing from Charlie Chaplin's slapstick style of humor, Keaton's seems more physical – there is a lot of falling, tripping, spilling of things, and general flopping about.

This movie seems to have had a sizable budget. There were scenes on a ship in the ocean, on a tropical beach, and underwater. There were also several props (swordfish, octopus, & submarine) that, if not terribly realistic, at least were not insultingly obvious.

The movie had no real camera movement, but there was at least one scene where the camera must have been on a boat alongside the ship and the boat moved with the actor as she ran down the ship's deck giving the impression of side-scrolling camera movement. There was also the previously mentioned underwater scene, which I was surprised to see in such an early movie, including a spliced in segment of a real octopus added as foreshadowing.

In, what I think was a progressive step forward, there was a brief scene depicting a seemingly wealthy African-American couple being chauffeured after getting married. Unfortunately, this was partially offset with the scores of barely clad African-American men used as gibbering, superstitious "cannibals".

Excepting one or two things, the movie was funny and really enjoyable - another gem from the era of silent movies.

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