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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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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)

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La barca See more »

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Silent

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Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

The radio mast that Keaton erects on the boat is missing in the shots of the boat model. See more »

Quotes

His Wife: Where are we?
The Boat Builder: Damfino.
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Connections

Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Mr. Keaton Sees The Sea
27 August 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A BUSTER KEATON Silent Short.

THE BOAT which Buster's family builds and launches immediately tries to kill them.

This funny little film is an unusual one for Buster, in that he's already quite domesticated - with wife & children - when the story commences. The viewer is supposed to read Buster's lips to get the film's final joke.

Born into a family of Vaudevillian acrobats, Buster Keaton (1895-1966) mastered physical comedy at a very early age. An association with Fatty Arbuckle led to a series of highly imaginative short subjects and classic, silent feature-length films - all from 1920 to 1928. Writer, director, star & stuntman - Buster could do it all and his intuitive genius gave him almost miraculous knowledge as to the intricacies of film making and of what it took to please an audience. More akin to Fairbanks than Chaplin, Buster's films were full of splendid adventure, exciting derring-do and the most dangerous physical stunts imaginable. His theme of a little man against the world, who triumphs through bravery & ingenuity, dominates his films. Through every calamity & disaster, Buster remained the Great Stone Face, a stoic survivor in a universe gone mad.

In the late 1920's Buster was betrayed by his manager/brother-in-law and his contract was sold to MGM, which proceeded to nearly destroy his career. Teamed initially with Jimmy Durante and eventually allowed small roles in mediocre comedies, Buster was for 35 years consistently given work far beneath his talent. Finally, before lung cancer took him at age 70, he had the satisfaction of knowing that his classic films were being rediscovered. Now, well past his centenary, Buster Keaton is routinely recognized & appreciated as one of cinema's true authentic geniuses. And he knew how to make people laugh...


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