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The Boat (1921)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Family | 10 November 1921 (USA)
Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Boat Builder (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Buster's handmade boat, The Damfino, is finished and is, of course, too large to get through the basement door. When he drives off with it in tow, the side of his house, then the whole thing, collapses. At the harbor he rides the boat out only to have it sink beneath him. The rest is a series of adventures he and his family have with the restored boat. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The boat carries a cargo of laughter explosives through an ocean full of Ticklish Tarpons. from stem to stern there are more ha-ha! and he-he! provokers than a sailor with a hipload of boiler fuel. (Print Ad- Evening Capitol, ((Annapolis, Md.)) 30 March 1922)

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La barca See more »

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Silent

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Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When James Mason bought Buster Keaton's old house in 1952, he found this film and several other lost Keaton shorts in the cellar. As the rolls were nitrate, disintegration had taken its toll. Mason made sure that this and the other classics were saved and restored at a film lab. See more »

Goofs

The radio mast that Keaton erects on the boat is missing in the shots of the boat model. See more »

Quotes

His Son: [they're stranded in the middle of the ocean in the pouring rain] Pa, I want a drink.
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Connections

Edited into The Golden Age of Buster Keaton (1975) See more »

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A better short subject by a master
26 January 1999 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

This is definitely one of Buster Keaton's better short films. The key is the simplicity of the premise...Keaton's character builds a houseboat...and the multitude of problems that it causes.

The jokes are simple but usually funny (even now in our more "enlightened times" and Keaton's slapstick acrobatics are, as usual, simply wonderful to watch. He uses that one basic, if large, prop...the boat...to great effect.

And the final line, while an old joke, is still funny.


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