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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best places to start with Keaton, March 16 1999
I must disagree with Leonard Maltin; Steamboat Bill Jr. is one of Keaton's best, and as a very fluid and well-plotted example of late-silent filmmaking, it makes an excellent intro to his work for neophytes-- better perhaps than some of the more deliriously surreal comedies such as Sherlock Jr. Keaton's performance as the college boy son of a riverboat captain is generally regarded as his best acting, and the 20-30-minute hurricane sequence is one of his most remarkable feats of solo pantomime (it includes the famous clip of a building front falling on him, the window landing exactly where he stands). This tape is also worth noting for the presence on it of a recently discovered complete version of the short Convict 13, one of the last missing bits of silent Keaton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steamboat Bill Jr, Sept. 21 2001
Brother Frank (Melissa, Tx. United States) - See all my reviews
STEAMBOAT BILL JR. ranks as one of Buster's best. Great stunt work by Buster. Steamboat Jr. includes one of the greatest stunts of all-time (during the storm). Also some very funny scenes. The scene where Buster attempts to get his father out of jail is great. Ditto for the hat scene. Buster starts out as a weakling from Boston and ends up as a hero. This is the only Buster movie that has a father (Ernest Torrence) son bond that lasts. Steamboat Jr. is Buster's final movie before MGM. A great one! This tape also includes two shorts: Convict 13 and Daydreams. CONVICT 13 is very strong. Buster tangles with Big Joe Roberts in prison. For some reason Joe Roberts looks like a giant in Convict 13. DAYDREAMS is very good (but parts are missing).
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