Steamboat Bill Junior
Fiction / United States / 1928 / 1h11 / Cartons
Distribution : Lobster Films
Production : Buster Keaton Productions et Joseph M. Schenck Productions
Script : Carl Harbaugh
Interpretation : Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Marion Byron
Photography : Bert Haines et Devereaux Jennings
Editing : Sherman Kell
Music : Gaylord Carter
Young William Canfield meets his father again. He owns an old boat sailing on the Mississipi. Old Canfield would like his son to help him but William is in love with Kitty, the daughter of a banker who owns a beautiful steamer.
Buster Keaton was born in 1885 in Piqua. He comes from a family of artists. He began on the boards in his family’s company ; as an actor, he made his debut in 1917, alongside Fatty Arbuckle – a burlesque cinema giant. In 1920, he directed his first short One Week, which was followed by a series of short films. Between 1923 and 1925, he directed eight features that marked the peak of his career, including The Navigator (1924), and The General (1926). These were followed by Steamboat Bill Jr. and The Cameraman (1928). His career started declining after the arrival of the talkie, among other things. He died in 1966 in California.
Charles Reisner was born in 1887 in Minneapolis. He began as a gagman, then he became a screenwriter for Keystone Studios. Hired by First National in 1918, he assists Chaplin on The Kid (1921) and The Pilgrim (1923). His first feature film, The Man in the Box (1925), starred Sydney, Chaplin’s brother. A comedy specialist, he co-directed Steamboat Bill Jr. with Keaton in 1928. Later, he directed The Hollywood Revue (1929) starring Laurel, Hardy and Keaton, The Big Store (1941) and Lost in a Harem (1944). Between 1920 and 1950, Reisner directed nearly sixty films. After his last feature film, The Travelling Saleswoman (1950), he worked for the television. Charles Reisner died in 1962 in California.
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