Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Country of Origin:  United States
Production year: 1928
Director: Chas F. Reisner
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 738329-069520
Running time: 1:11 (71 Min.)
Casetype: HD Slim, Slip Cover
Format: Black & White, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: July 06, 2010
Collection type: Owned (#953)
Status: Available
Purchase date: September 20, 2012
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 0 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
The last of the independent features made in the prime of Buster Keaton's career, STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. is a large-scale follow-up to The General, substituting a Mississippi paddlewheel for the locomotive, and replacing the spectacle of the Civil War with a catastrophic hurricane. Keaton stars as William Canfield, Jr., a Boston collegian who returns to his deep-southern roots to reunite with his father, a crusty riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence) who is engaged in a bitter rivalry with a riverboat king—coincidentally, the father of Willie's sweetheart (Marion Byron).

Keaton's athleticism and gift for inventive visual humor are in top form, and the cyclone that devastates a town (and sends houses literally crashing down around him) is perhaps the most ambitious, awe-inspiring and hilarious slapstick sequence ever created.

In the silent era, it was common practice for filmmakers to create two separate negatives of their films, each comprised of differing takes and camera angles. This definitive Blu-ray edition contains both versions of STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.—the Buster Keaton Estate version and the Killiam Shows Archive version—each mastered from archival 35mm materials.
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Genres
Action
Comedy
Drama
Studios
Production Studios:
 • United Artists
Media Companies:
 • Kino International
Audio format
Music Only  DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Music Only  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Music Only  Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
 
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Featurettes
 • Gallery
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • Alternate version of film; audio recordings of Steamboat Bil
Crew
Direction
Chas F. Reisner....Director
Writing
Carl Harbaugh....Writer
Production
Joseph M. Schenck....Producer
Cinematography
Dev Jennings....Cinematographer
Bert Haines....Cinematographer
Music
Lee Erwin....Composer
William Perry....Composer
Cast
Buster Keaton....Willie Canfield, Jr.
Marion Byron....Mary King
Ernest Torrence....William "Steamboat Bill" Canfield
Tom Lewis....Tom Carter
Tom McGuire....John James King
The Biograph Players
C. Edward Hupton....Himself (Piano on soundtrack only)
John Francis....HImself (Percussion on soundtrack only)
Joe Kerr....Himself (Synthesizer on soundtrack only)