THE NAVIGATOR
1924, Cohen Media, 59 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Wealthy Rollo Treadway (Keaton) and Betsy, who has rejected his proposal of marriage, find themselves on the Navigator, a ship that Betsy's rich father has recently sold to a tiny country at war. When the Navigator drifts out to sea and grounds itself near a tropical island, Rollo and Betsy must not only learn to play house on the gigantic boat but fend off unhappy island natives who attack the vessel! One of the best of Keaton's career, THE NAVIGATOR is filled with unbeatable sight gags, including Buster's scuba-diving excursion with a giant squid, and a submarine that emerges at the perfect moment!


STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.
1928, Douris Corp., 70 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Decidedly not manly William Canfield Jr. (Keaton) joins the crew of his father, a gruff and sourpuss riverboat captain. When William falls for the daughter of his father's arch business rival, mayhem ensues. The finest moments of STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. occur during its cyclone sequence, in which Keaton performs what is probably his most notorious (and later imitated) stunt: During the blustery tumult, an entire building front collapses on him, narrowly missing him as he stands directly where the door would be. No trickery! Just the courageous bravura of Buster Keaton.


GO WEST
1925, Douris Corp., 69 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

After mere minutes in the overwhelming metropolis of New York City, a country bumpkin known only as "Friendless" (Buster Keaton) tries his luck on a cattle ranch. Everything is going smoothly until the ranch goes bankrupt, at which point Friendless must load all the cattle onto a train and take them to a slaughterhouse in Los Angeles. A violent shoot-out complicates matters, and leaves Friendless alone on a train destined to L.A.... with 1,000 cows.


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