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The Navigator (1924)

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


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


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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The ship that is scared off by the Navigator's quarantine flag is the U.S.S. McDermut (DD-262), one of 156 Clemson-class destroyers built for the U.S. Navy from 1918 to 1922. Comissioned in 1919, the ship served with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. She was decommissioned in 1929 and sold for scrap in 1932 to meet the terms of the 1930 London Treaty for Naval Disarmament. See more »


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 »


[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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Slow developing comedy that shows off Keaton's talents
1 February 2012 | by RopedINSee all my reviews

Of all the Buster Keaton films I have seen it is certainly not the best, but it is also not the worst. The story of a spoiled man (Rollo) who falls head over heels in love with a helpless woman (Betsy) seems as if it would be easy to hit the audience with punch line after punch line, but the jokes come out at such a sloth worthy pace that it is painstakingly obvious what will happen next. There are some scenes that made me laugh so hard my sides began to ache, but others barely warranted a smirk. It did show off Keaton's incredible nac for physical comedy. The circumstances leading to getting on the ship, the bad coffee, and the experiences after he is off, all show why he was ahead of his time in the movie industry.

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Release Date:

13 October 1924 (USA) See more »

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$220,000 (estimated)
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