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Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  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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For the wind effects, six enormous airplane propellers powered by Liberty engines were brought in. A large crane and a number of cables were also needed to carry aloft buildings, props, and in one scene, Buster Keaton himself - clinging to an uprooted tree trunk. The latter effect was achieved using a conventional crane swinging the tree, yet another of the stunts Keaton performed without a body double or special effects. See more »

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Tom Carter - First and Last Mate: [gives his gun to Steamboat Bill] There's not a jury that would convict you.
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In the Top 3 of Keaton's films.
1 June 1999 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

This is one of Keaton's best, just behind The General and Sherlock Jr. The story is much more coherent without the surreality of Sherlock Jr., yet has more of Keaton's famous physical comedy that wasn't as prevelant in The General.

Everyone talks about the Wall Falling Scene. It is astounding to be sure, but for sheer belly laughs, watch the scene in which Bill Jr. is made to try on a multitude of hats by his father. Note that the one hat Bill Jr. seems to hate is Keaton's own signature "Porkpie" hat.


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