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Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 20 May 1928 (USA)
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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Fun! - Fast and Furious - runs riot on the Mississippi. See more »


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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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When Bill Jr. enters the jail and the sheriff closes the door, the hand of a crew member can be seen outside reaching for the door. See more »

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William Canfield Jr.: That must have happened when the dough fell in the tool chest.
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a comedy classic: one of Keaton's best
5 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Buster Keaton's swan song as an independent filmmaker (before being swallowed into the MGM assembly line) tears a page from Mark Twain and trims it to fit his own unique character, with the Great Stone Face playing the hapless son of a rough-and-tumble riverboat pilot no longer able to compete against a wealthy corporate rival. The story is a clever variation of the familiar Romeo and Juliet scenario from Keaton's 'Our Hospitality' (even the Steamboat Bill surname-Canfield-is borrowed from the earlier film), and follows the classic silent comedy formula, showing Buster's transformation in the title role from hapless nitwit to heroic man of action, saving his father, the old man's rusty but trusted paddlewheel steamer, and (of course) the girl. Included along the way are some of the comedians best routines, from the unforgettable cyclone climax (in itself a catalogue of classic moments, and yet another reminder that Mother Nature was always Keaton's most reliable ally) to the quieter moment when Buster, using the camera as a mirror, tries on a variety of hats, including the familiar pork-pie of his two-reelers (which he guiltily tosses away). The director's credit is strictly nominal: this is a Buster Keaton comedy, and after all these decades the laughter hasn't dimmed whatsoever.


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