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Silver Screen catches a ride with ‘Steamboat Bill, Jr."

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues with the 1928 comedy “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” The brawny steamboat captain is appalled by his milquetoast son: wimpy Buster Keaton is useless as a riverman. But when a windstorm threatens the town, Keaton shows what he’s made of. Silent, with live piano music.

Steamboat Bill needs a he-man for a son. His dilapidated steamboat business now must compete with a boat that has real money behind it. But his awkward, book-learning fool of a son is always doing the wrong thing, even falling in love with the daughter of his dad’s rival. His clumsiness is not good news, with a storm fast approaching. But in spite of the impending disaster, he saves the town, his father and the riverboat.

Known as “Old Stone-Face,” the silent comedian Buster Keaton performed ingenious, impossible stunts with aplomb – always with a face that never cracked a smile.



This of course made his films even funnier.

“Breathtakingly uproarious,” says Peter Bogdanovich of this movie. “The comedy climax of his career.”




The next scheduled movie is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” with Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara, on Nov. 6.


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