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Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Sr - Sz Movies
"This 1928 silent classic was Buster Keaton's last independent film -- and contains his most famous, breathtaking, and dangerous stunt."
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The film opens with a rivalry between the old steamboat, Stonewall Jackson, and the new King -- owned by J.J. King (Tom McGuire), who seems to own most of the town. But Steamboat Bill has hopes for his old tub, since his son, who he hasn't seen since infancy, is coming to visit. William, Jr. telegrams that Dad should know him by his white carnation. But young Willie's plan goes awry before we even meet him. Why?
The white carnation is turned black by the soot on the train.
It's Mother's Day and just about all the men are wearing white carnations.
Willie is so laden with luggage that nobody can see the carnation.
His overcoat hides the carnation.
Since Willie's plan to be identified by the white carnation goes awry, his beefy he-man of a father doesn't recognize him at first. In fact, when Bill first sees the foppish little fellow with the beret and the ukulele, he rolls his eyes and seems relieved that this character isn't his son. But soon he learns the awful truth -- and sees something even more horrifying to his unbelieving eyes. What does Willie do that so shocks his father?
He stops to pick a bouquet of pansies.
He dances gaily while playing his ukulele.
He gets out a bottle of cologne and spritzes himself -- and a passing dog.
He jumps up on a table in fear of a mouse.
Of course, Steamboat Bill takes his coxcomb of a son for an extreme makeover. Now it's Bill's plans that go awry, as events seem to conspire against him. He succeeds at getting rid of the dainty mustache, but a gust of wind blows away the hat he'd selected for Willie. What derails his attempts to dress his son in proper clothes?
Willie is so small, nothing in stock fits him.
The store sends the order in Bill's size; Willie is lost in them.
He sends Willie for "work clothes" and Willie returns wearing a smart business suit.
Willie's school sweetheart intervenes and picks his clothes out for him.
Willie's first moments aboard the Stonewall Jackson are fraught with peril. He bangs himself up quite a bit and nearly falls overboard. Then he spots Kitty aboard the King. The young lovers rush to greet each other, but their fathers intervene. This leads to a shoving match between Bill and one of King's men which almost gets Willie dunked in the river. How does Bill get rid of King's man?
He picks Willie up and uses him to head-butt the man overboard.
He makes Willie's hand into a fist and uses it to punch King's man.
He rams the Stonewall Jackson into the King, making the man tumble overboard.
He gives Willie a particularly hard shove into the man, sending him overboard.
Bill brings his son into the engine room to show him how to run the boat, but Willie bungles around and infuriates his father. But then suddenly he earns his father's praise. What does Willie do that so pleases his father?
He accidentally knocks King into the river.
He fights back when one of Bill's men shoves him.
He takes a plug of tobacco and spits admirably.
He rescues Bill's cat.
Night falls, and Willie is determined to sneak off the Stonewall Jackson onto the King to see Kitty. Does he manage to board the King?
Rejected by both his father (who gave him a train ticket back to Boston) and his girl (who thinks he stood her up), a forlorn Willie packs his bag and begins heading back to the train station. But he spots Bill Sr. being hauled off to jail for getting into a scuffle with King. Willie tears up his train ticket and goes to work trying to get his father out of jail. What's his plan?
He plans to steal the keys when the sheriff is sleeping.
He plans to dress as a woman to distract the guards.
He plans to smuggle escape tools to his father in a loaf of bread.
He plans to dig his father out.
Willie's plan frees his father for less than two minutes and earns him a pistol-whipping for his trouble. Willie gets loaded upside down into the car and hauled off to the hospital; Bill punches out the sheriff for abusing his son, and walks back into his cell. And now comes the dramatic climax -- the cyclone -- and the stunt to end all Keaton stunts -- the falling wall. Why is Willie just standing there in front of the building?
He stops to roll a cigarette.
He stops to watch a car get blown down the street backward by its convertible roof.
He is stunned when a man jumps out a window and lands on the bed he is hiding under.
He stops to pick up a penny on the ground.
As Willie struggles to stay safe in the storm, he spots Kitty in peril. Where is she?
She's washing by in the river.
She's clinging to the wreckage of the King.
She's clinging to a house that's floating down the river.
She's on the roof of a car that's floating by.
Having rescued his girl, Willie now rescues his father -- about to drown when the jail washed into the river -- and his girl's father, who is clinging to the wreckage of the King. Just as everybody looks ready for their Happily Ever After, Willie grabs a life preserver and leaps into the river. Why?
To rescue the cat
To rescue his hat
To rescue the first mate
To rescue a preacher
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