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The Navigator (1924)

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Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.

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Clyde Bruckman (story), Joseph A. Mitchell (story) (as Joseph Mitchell) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Rollo Treadway
Kathryn McGuire ... Betsy O'Brien
Frederick Vroom Frederick Vroom ... John O'Brien
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Rollo decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Technical director Fred Gabourie promised Buster after the difficulties filming the launch sequence in The Boat (1921), that he would someday find a boat suitable to be the main location in a two-reeler. He found Ocean Liner Buford while it was on loan to director Frank Lloyd who was filming The Sea Hawk (1924). The Buford proved so intriguing as a film prop that a story was written to make use of it. See more »

Goofs

Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) is supposedly boiling eggs in a large pot, but he grips the edge of the pot, as well as a utensil that's been hanging inside the pot, without burning himself. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leader of a small gathering: Gentlemen, the enemy have just purchased the steamship Navigator.
[Walks over to open the double doors, and gestures to a vessel outside]
Leader of a small gathering: There she lies now, and it is our patriotic duty to destroy that ship. We will send her adrift in the fog tonight before the new crew goes aboard. The wind - the tide - and the rocks will do the rest.
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Buster Keaton on the High Seas
17 August 2015 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Through a series of mishaps, a pampered rich boy (Buster Keaton) and his unrequited love find themselves the only two passengers on a huge steamer adrift in the middle of the ocean. Wouldn't be so bad, if they did not come across an island of cannibal savages who want to invite them to..ahem...dinner.

"The Navigator" breezes by quickly and easily, offering many chuckles and few outright chortles. There are some marvelous set pieces, like an underwater scene involving Keaton in diving gear, some swordfish, and an octopus. And there are other smaller but just as funny moments, like the scene where these two socialites who've never lifted a finger for themselves decide to cook dinner in a kitchen designed to make meals for hundreds. The depiction of the island savages is predictably cringe worthy in a film from 1924, but you just have to suck it up and get past it, accepting it as a product of its time. If you can get past that, there's much to enjoy here.

Grade: A-


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

13 October 1924 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$220,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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