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.
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Did You Know?
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
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
Tom Carter - First and Last Mate
[gives his gun to Steamboat Bill
There's not a jury that would convict you.
Referenced in Shrek the Third