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The Boat (1921)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Family | 20 November 1921 (USA)
Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Boat Builder (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Buster's handmade boat, The Damfino, is finished and is, of course, too large to get through the basement door. When he drives off with it in tow, the side of his house, then the whole thing, collapses. At the harbor he rides the boat out only to have it sink beneath him. The rest is a series of adventures he and his family have with the restored boat. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The boat carries a cargo of laughter explosives through an ocean full of Ticklish Tarpons. from stem to stern there are more ha-ha! and he-he! provokers than a sailor with a hipload of boiler fuel. (Print Ad- Evening Capitol, ((Annapolis, Md.)) 30 March 1922) See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When James Mason bought Buster Keaton's old house in 1952, he found this film and several other lost Keaton shorts in the cellar. As the rolls were nitrate, disintegration had taken its toll. Mason made sure that this and the other classics were saved and restored at a film lab. See more »

Goofs

When the boat rolls, Keaton's feet are in different positions to where he hailed his shoes to the floor. See more »

Quotes

SOS Receiver: Who is it?
The Boat Builder: Damfino.
SOS Receiver: Neither do I!
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Connections

Referenced in The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995) See more »

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Damned if I know.
14 September 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

This one might not be the best one of Keaton, but the adventures of one family on the self made boat is entertaining enough that it is worth your time. To understand the joke where Buster sends out S.O.S signal is good to know that the name of of the boat 'Damfino' means damned is I know. Also, International Buster Keaton Society (yes, there is such a cool organization) is called 'The Damfinos'.

Films starts with the scene, where Buster tries to get the boat out of the house and from there, one thing after another goes hilariously wrong that you finally start feel for the heroes. Fantastic scene is where the boat capsizes repeatedly and Buster runs like a hamster in a wheel while trying to send S.O.S. message.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

20 November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La barca See more »

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Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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