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Steamboat Bill, Jr. -- The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

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Release Date:
20 May 1928 (USA) See more »
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The Laugh Special of the Age. See It. See more »
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The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Charles Reisner  (as Chas. F. Reisner)
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Carl Harbaugh (story)

Carl Harbaugh  scenario (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Bert Haines (photographed by)
Devereaux Jennings (photographed by) (as Dev Jennings)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Kell (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harry Brand .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Roth .... assistant director
 
Special Effects by
Benjamin Ribière .... digital artist: digital restoration & color correction (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Louise Keaton .... stunt double: Marion Byron (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
D.C. Cardinali .... colorist: remastered hd version (new version) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gaylord Carter .... musical setting: 1991
 
Other crew
Fred Gabourie .... technical director
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Louise Keaton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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70 min
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For reasons unknown, Buster Keaton did not receive a directing credit, although all involved in the film concur that he co-directed the film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 Canfield Jr.:That must have happened when the dough fell in the tool chest.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Blow, 24 January 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach

This follows a pattern that Keaton would follow in a few of his most amazing films. The first half would just set up the situation and incidentally give a few mild jokes along the way. The second part is structured around a frantic set of stunts that are both comic and athletic. These must have astonished when they were new; its an odd thing that all the really interesting effects in films of this era were not for science fiction or action, but comedy.

Today, these effects and particularly Keaton's, astonish ever so much more. Jackie Chan is the closest we have now, or recently. Chan knows that when we see something that we know is real: Chan jumping off a helicopter for instance, and when that is done with a comic tone, for some reason we chuckle more deeply.

(Stephen Chow's projects are a twist on this. We know the stunts aren't real, but they are much more extreme, and they deliberately reference other movies.) This collection of stunts has Keaton take a large river steam paddlewheeler, a rig it up to operate the boiler room by ropes from the pilothouse. Keaton's agility is absolutely phenomenal: today such acrobatics would surely be computer generated. Its not obvious that the man is risking his life. But as with his railroad movie, it is obvious that this is a real machine in a real raging river during real serious wind, though the wind might be generated with machines.

This is big stuff, important to watch and real thrill.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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