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Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  20 May 1928 (USA)
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The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

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Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Cannings older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame. Bill Jr. and Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty, her father and his father. Written by garykmcd

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The Laugh Special of the Age. See It.


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The movie was originally meant to incorporate a large flood as the disaster that hits the town. However, due to a real Mississippi flood and bickering amongst the producers, the flood plot was changed to a "cyclone." See more »

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Just before the house facade falls on Keaton, a stagehand can be seen through the first floor window giving it an extra push. See more »

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William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield Sr.: I'll run on this river if I'm the only passenger on the boat.
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Life On The Mississippi With Slapstick
20 April 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I've always felt that Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. had a built in audience because when this film debuted on screen, the entire country was singing the songs of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein,II's Show Boat. In addition to that Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie was also making his debut around the same time. So the USA was definitely riverboat conscious.

Captain Andy on the Cotton Blossom never had a more dense apprentice than does Ernest Torrence who plays Buster's father. And Torrence has lots of reason to be concerned. Banker Tom McGuire is financing a brand new riverboat that is sure to put Torrence's boat to shame.

But in the Keaton tradition and in the tradition of his silent comic colleagues Chaplin and Lloyd, Buster is a total disaster on the boat and he's spending too much time courting Marion Byron who is McGuire's daughter whom he knew back in Boston That's no way to show family loyalty.

But also in that same tradition, Buster shows unexplained resourcefulness in the clutch. And in this film the crisis is a hurricane. The tornado in The Wizard Of Oz has nothing to match this storm. You will love the way Buster effects rescues of all the cast members, especially Torrence.

This was one of Keaton's best films. Not to be missed.


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