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The Boat (1921)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Family | 10 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:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 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

The name of Buster Keaton's boat, "Damfino", is a slurred variant of the expression "Damned if I know". This is made clear in the final gag, in which Keaton mouths the words (without intertitles) in answer to the question, "Where are we?" 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

Edited into Jekyll & Canada (2009) See more »

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Nice, but does not belong to Keaton's greatest
28 February 2007 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'The Boat' shows Buster Keaton as a boat builder, taking his wife and two children to the launch of his boat. As the four hit the ocean they learn there are quite some surprises to this boat. That things will not happen as planned is an understatement. Although there are quite some nice gags in this short film, it is only mildly funny.

The first half is so much more entertaining than the second, which seems a little boring. It uses more of the same gags and the new ones play too long. Keaton is able to show his physical a couple of time, using the entire boat as a prop, making this short a nice part in his oeuvre. On the other hand, he could have done without 'The Boat'.


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