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
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Did You Know?
The stunt where the wall falls on Buster Keaton
was performed with an actual full-weight wall. Half the crew walked off the set rather than participate in a stunt that would have killed Keaton if he had been slightly off position. Keaton himself, told the previous day that his studio was being shut down, was so devastated that he didn't care if the wall crushed him or not. See more
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
William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield Sr.
[upon seeing Bill Jr. for the first time, to Tom
If you say what you're thinking, I'll strangle you!
Referenced in Dragon