Steamboat Bill Jr

  • Feature
  • 1928
  • 78 Minutes
  • United States
  • Language: English

In this silent comedy, college boy William Canfield Jr. (Buster Keaton) reunites with his boat captain father in a Mississippi River
town. Though he’s flummoxed by Willie’s citified appearance, the elder Canfield seems to have found an ally to help him compete with fellow riverboat owner John James King (Tom McGuire). Willie finds himself falling for King’s daughter, Mary (Marion Byron), but he has more pressing concerns when the weather turns bad and his father in arrested.

Director: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner

Screenwriter: Carl Harbaugh

Production Company: Buster Keaton Productions, Joseph M. Schenck Productions



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Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Carl Harbaugh

DOP / Camera: Dev jenning, Bert Haines

Editor: Sherman Kell

Music: Gaylord Carter

Producer: Buster Keaton

Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron


Buster Keaton

Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, director, producer, writer, and stunt performer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.”


Charles Reisner

Charles “Chuck” Reisner (14
March 1887 – 24 September 1962) was an American film
director and actor of the 1920s and 1930s. The German American directed over 60 films between 1920 and 1950 and acted in over 20 films between 1916 and 1929. He starred alongside Charlie Chaplin in A Dog’s Life in 1918 and The Kid in 1921

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