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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)

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Short | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After several two-reelers co-starring Virginia Fox, Buster asked back Sybil Seely with the intention of combining this film and One Week (1920) into a four-reel comedy about the misadventures of a husband and wife. However, the feature never materialized. 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

Title Card: Out on the broad Pacific darkness stumbled and fell.
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Connections

Referenced in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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Why Does Buster Keaton Always Find Himself in So Much Trouble? Damfino!
17 August 2015 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Buster Keaton just wants to take his family out on a pleasant boat trip to enjoy some sea breezes and sunshine. A simple enough request, no? Well if you've ever seen a Buster Keaton movie, you already know the answer to that question....

A pretty funny short that involves many of the pratfalls you would expect in a slapstick comedy about a doomed boating expedition -- people falling in the water (a lot), a dinner preparation gone all wrong when nothing is tied down, a storm and its predictable outcome on our beleaguered hero. A cute twist at the end reveals that our protagonist family was never in any danger to begin with.

The name of Keaton's boat is the Damfino, which provides a running joke and gives the film its final punchline.


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Country:

USA

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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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