The Navigator
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At the request of his star Buster Keaton, producer Joseph M. Schenck purchased an obsolete ocean liner for $20,000. Keaton wanted to use the boat as a "prop" in his upcoming feature comedy, but went into production with nary a plot idea in his head. Eventually, Buster and his chief gagman Clyde Bruckman came up with a story involving two wealthy, pampered young people (played by Keaton and Kathryn McGuire), who through a series of fantastic but logical plot convolutions end up stranded together on a drifting, deserted ocean liner. At first, the young couple is helpless because… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"THE NAVIGATOR is a text-book example on how to execute slapstick and sight gags. I would say that this film, even more so than THE GENERAL, is a perfect introduction to the films of Buster Keaton."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"One of the great slapstick comedies from silent comic Buster Keaton."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Isn't as sophisticated and satisfying as [Keaton's] best (e.g., The General), but still brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Keaton's master coup is in seizing Murnau's haunted ship as a gargantuan comic prop for a pair of stranded nitwits, who don't know what to do with it"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Part of Keaton's charm is that he doesn't have to be zany in every single frame, which is charmingly illustrated here."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"The Navigator looks and feels like it could be one of today's summer mega-blockbusters."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of Buster Keaton's best, which is to say comedy classic."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Keaton is the great metaphysical existentialist: a modernist in the finest sense of the word."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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