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Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

Directors:

Charles Reisner (as Chas. F. Reisner), Buster Keaton (uncredited)

Writer:

Carl Harbaugh (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... William Canfield Jr.
Tom McGuire ... J.J. King
Ernest Torrence ... William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield
Tom Lewis Tom Lewis ... Tom Carter - First and Last Mate
Marion Byron ... Kitty King - King's Daughter
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Storyline

Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Cannings older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame. Bill Jr. and Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty, her father and his father. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El héroe del río See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The famous collapsing wall gag was previously used by Buster Keaton in Back Stage (1919) and One Week (1920) with smaller buildings. This was to be the ultimate version of the stunt. The comedian remarked later in his career, "I was mad at the time, or I would never have done the thing." See more »

Goofs

When Bill Jr. enters the jail and the sheriff closes the door, the hand of a crew member can be seen outside reaching for the door. See more »

Quotes

Tom Carter - First and Last Mate: [gives his gun to Steamboat Bill] There's not a jury that would convict you.
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Referenced in Shrek the Third (2007) See more »

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In the Top 3 of Keaton's films.
1 June 1999 | by Louie-12See all my reviews

This is one of Keaton's best, just behind The General and Sherlock Jr. The story is much more coherent without the surreality of Sherlock Jr., yet has more of Keaton's famous physical comedy that wasn't as prevelant in The General.

Everyone talks about the Wall Falling Scene. It is astounding to be sure, but for sheer belly laughs, watch the scene in which Bill Jr. is made to try on a multitude of hats by his father. Note that the one hat Bill Jr. seems to hate is Keaton's own signature "Porkpie" hat.


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