Steamboat Bill, Jr.
1928, Comedy, 1h 11m30 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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William Canfield Jr.
William "Steamboat Bill" Canfield
Tom Carter - First and Last Mate
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Critic Reviews for Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Chaplin's comic personality started from English class-consciousness; Keaton's was American and free.July 7, 2018 | Full Review…
Buster Keaton's silent comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr. displays more inspired energy and inventiveness than pretty much everything else currently in cinemas combined.September 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Keaton has lost none of his ability to entertain and astonish.
The ensuing farce involves miraculous physical comedy and stunt-work. Keaton makes it look easy.
If your faith in humanity needs a little pick-me-up, there's no better place to start.
Boasts the most astonishing and indelible images in Keaton's body of work, and some of the best moments in movie history wildly inventive, increasingly audacious stunts.December 7, 2004 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Oct 22, 2018The son of a rundown riverboat captain returns to his dad after college, slick and citi-fied, a disappointment to his dad and the laughingstock of the town. Only the girl he knew in school thinks anything much of him, and she's the daughter of the town big-shot (Pop's nemesis) too. How to repair his reputation, get Pop's respect, the respect of Pop's enemy, and win the girl? And a big storm coming on? The storm proves the height of Keaton's talents as some of his most memorable sight gags happen during its rage, and Keaton enters film history with pride.Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
Nov 29, 2017Buster Keaton is his usual adorable, amazing, and funny self in this story of the son of a riverboat captain who tries to learn the ropes from his father while being attracted to the daughter of a rival captain. Keaton's character hasn't seen his father since he was a baby, and his scrawny build and beret are a disappointment to his father, played by Ernest Torrence. The movie is a teeny bit slow at the start, though there is a funny scene of his father trying to select a new hat for him. Stick with it. It builds to funny moments in the local jail (love that backwards rock toss), and then some fantastic scenes at the end, when a cyclone strikes, with Keaton displaying great physical comedy as well as bravery. In one of his most famous stunts, the side of building comes crashing down on him, only to miss him because he's standing in the spot the doorway lands. There are several other dazzling moments in an extended sequence that is the genius and crescendo to the film. The first half of the film is not as strong, and it would have been nice if the love interest (Marion Byron) had been expanded a little more, but this is still a very enjoyable, heartwarming movie, with some truly unique moments.Antonius B Super Reviewer
Jul 25, 2014Keaton was an incomparable genius and this is made pretty evident in the film's exceptionally well-directed third act, when 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 M Super Reviewer
Jun 14, 2013It is difficult for me to determine whether I like Keaton or Chaplin more as silent slapstick actors. I thought Keaton was brilliant here as an unlikely captain of a steamboat. The laughs continue to hold up today.John B Super Reviewer
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