Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Cannings older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame. Bill Jr. and Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty, her father and his father.
The screen's first big Mississippi thriller
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Did You Know?
could not swim, so the scenes where her character is in the river with Buster Keaton
were filmed with Buster's real-life sister Louise Keaton
serving as Marion's stunt double (the two were both the same size: 4'11"). The water was very cold and during a day of filming Buster and Louise consumed four to five glasses of French brandy to keep them warm. See more
Just before the house facade falls on Keaton, a stagehand can be seen through the first floor window giving it an extra push. See more
William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield Sr.
Talk to him, Sheriff.
[to Bill Jr
After all the bum is your father.