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Not the best of Buster Keaton's silents, Steamboat Bill, Jr. nonetheless contains some of Keaton's best and most spectacular sight gags. Keaton plays Willie Canfield, the namby-pamby son of rough-and-tumble steamboat captain "Steamboat Bill" Canfield (Ernest Torrence). When he's not trying to make a man out of his boy, the captain is carrying on a feud with Tom Carter (Tom McGuire), the wealthy owner of a fancy new ferryboat. Carter has a pretty daughter, Mary King (Marion Byron), with whom Willie falls in love. The two younger folks try to patch up the feud, but this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Keaton becomes here, quite literally, the calm in the eye of the storm."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Quase oitenta anos jŠ se passaram, mas a agilidade e a coragem de Keaton continuam a impressionar neste filme que ainda surpreende, encanta e diverte."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A wildly creative comedy that has as much power to impress and amuse an audience today as it did in '28."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) is the last of physical comedian Buster Keaton's (the Great Stone Face) nine independent feature films and one"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"One of the greatest of the silent comedies about the effects of parental rejection."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Contains what is perhaps Buster Keaton's most fully realized act of comedic anarchy."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Worth it for the storm sequence alone, which is staggering in its audacity, and Shakespearean in its execution."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"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."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Though The General (1927) is still considered Keaton's masterpiece, Steamboat Bill Jr. is gaining considerable momentum."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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