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Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Steamboat Bill Jr.


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Release Date: May 20, 1928 Wide


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Movie Info

The college-boy son of a hard-bitten riverboat captain proves to be an incompetent milquetoast embarrassment to his riverdog dad -- until proving his manhood when a cyclone strikes their small town. Keaton's last silent under his own creative control is one of his funniest.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Carl Harbaugh
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On DVD: Nov 20, 2001


as Willie Canfield

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as John James King

as Mary King

as Barber

as Tom Carter
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Critic Reviews for Steamboat Bill Jr.

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Keaton becomes here, quite literally, the calm in the eye of the storm.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014

The extended rescue climax provides the heights of Steamboat Bill, Jr.'s ingenious choreography, but Keaton's brilliance as a performer shines just as brightly (if not more) in the simpler moments...[Blu-ray]

Full Review… | July 20, 2010
Groucho Reviews

Worth it for the storm sequence alone, which is staggering in its audacity, and Shakespearean in its execution.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006

Audience Reviews for Steamboat Bill Jr.


Buster Keaton is a master of two distinct features of the silent movie era: comedy via physical trauma and injury, and he is the master of stunts. The stunts you see in Buster Keaton films are all real, and were all executed by Keaton himself. You will be in awe throughout this film as you watch Keaton get pummeled, pulled through the streets, and hit with the framework of an entire house, all while keeping a completely stone face. The framework of the film isn't actually all that important, as his past films also demonstrate. The film starts with his father asking him home to help beat out his competitor in a steam liner business. While this shapes the film there are also plots that follow his father to jail, and then Bill Jr. as he saves his love interest from a tornado's vicious wind. The comedy of Keaton's work is still as timeless and humorous as it was in the twenties, and I highly recommend this film for silent film fanatics and comedy lovers alike.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Keaton was an incomparable genius and this is made pretty evident in the exceptionally well directed third act in which he tries everything to escape a storm and surprises us with his incredible audacity and endless disposition to put himself in life-threatening situations.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Another great movie from Keaton. This one has some really exciting and funny sight gags. Keaton fans can't miss out on this movie.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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