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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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20 May 1928 (USA)  »

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Buster Keaton's technical director was Fred Gabourie, who was responsible for the sets and in particular for rigging gags - and re-rigging them when changes in plot dictated substituting a cyclone for a flood in the film's climax. Multiple buildings were required to either splinter into a million pieces, collapse inward a section at a time, or in one particularly notable instance, lose its facade and plop to the ground with pinpoint accuracy. See more »

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During the final cyclone sequence, a cable pulling down the entire front of a building is clearly visible. See more »

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Excellent Keaton
6 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is my personal favourite Keaton film(Just above the General and Sherlock Jr)making me laugh continuously every time I watch it.It contains some of his all time best scenes- the prison sequence (Buster trying to convey to his father that yes he really does want the bread) and the hat shop (Self-referentialism goes way back-and was that a Chaplin Bowler he threw off in disgust?)and a touching father-son relationship-unusual in that Buster's relationships to other people in his films are usually fairly token. (Villain,girl)

And of course the cyclone sequence with one of the most famous shots in Silent Film history.


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