Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 1080p YIFY Movie

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 1080p

Steamboat Bill, Jr. is a movie starring Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, and Ernest Torrence. The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

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  • Size: 1.35G
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  • Run Time: 70
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 
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The Synopsis for Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 1080p

Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Cannings older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame. Bill Jr. and Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty, her father and his father.

The Director and Players for Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 1080p

[Director]Charles Reisner
[Role:]Buster Keaton
[Role:]Tom Lewis
[Role:]Ernest Torrence
[Role:]Tom McGuire

The Reviews for Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 1080p

The Height of Physical ComedyReviewed bywilliampsamuelVote: 8/10

There has never been another actor like Buster Keaton. Others have come close, but none have truly matched his level of physical comedy. And certainly no one else has performed this brand of acting while also directing and writing his own gags. He was and is one of Hollywood's all time greatest stars and filmmakers. And Steamboat Bill Jr. is one of his best works.

The story is interchangeable with dozens of other silent comedies. Young man travels to meet father who he has not seen since childhood. Father is not impressed with son. Young man meets love of his life, but their fathers, who are bitter rivals, forbid them to see each other. Old man faces serious legal and/or financial trouble. No points for guessing that the young man will save both his father and the girl from a great peril, or that love will triumph in the end.

So it's entirely predictable from beginning to end, but it doesn't matter. We know going in that the plot is little more than a thread to hang the jokes from. We came simply to laugh and be entertained. And rest assured, you will be entertained.

Keaton is in full form here, delivering all his now-classic gags. He comes off as a naive innocent and a clumsy oaf, whose every action results in delightful mayhem. When shown the boiler room on his father's steamboat, he of course leans against the wrong lever and rear ends their competitor's boat. His late night attempt to visit his girlfriend inevitably leaves him in the drink. And from the moment I saw his ukulele, I knew it was destined to be destroyed I comic fashion.

What makes this material work is that despite their broadness, Keaton's mishaps do seem to be accidents. We never get the sense that he's deliberately being clumsy to make sure we get the joke. In most movies today, many of these gags would be only mildly amusing at best, and quickly become repetitive, yet that doesn't happen here. I wonder if that's because silent film is such a different medium from modern talkies, and creates a different mindset in viewers. Or perhaps it's Keaton's ability to play the material completely strait. He wasn't called the "Stone Face of Comedy" for nothing.

And what elevates Steamboat Bill above even Keaton's other works is the fantastic storm sequence. He out-mimes even Marcel Marceau here, pushed along by an imaginary wind, and bending so far forward that we wonder what keeps him from falling down. And the effects are incredible for their time. Buildings collapse or are picked up as though they were doll houses. Keaton at one point clings to an oak tree, and both he and the oak are lifted into the air and deposited in the river. I was at a complete loss to explain how they created many of these effects, the level of technology being what it was.

The most amazing scene however, was not an effect at all. The iconic shot of a wall falling on Keaton, who is unharmed because he is standing in the path of an open window, is exactly what it looks like. They actually dropped a two-ton wall on the star, and if he had been more than a few inches off, he could easily have been killed. You just don't see devotion like that today.

When comedy went to school (and made honor roll)Reviewed byStevePulaskiVote: 8/10

Steamboat Bill, Jr. follows the likes of William Canfield, Sr. (Ernest Torrence), the owner and captain of a dilapidated boat he is itching to get back on the water. Canfield's only skeleton in his closet is that he has not seen his son since he was an infant, but is anxiously awaiting his return from college, hoping that his presumably-manly son will be able to help him construct an exceptional river-ride to compete with his businessman next door John King (Tom McGuire), who has just bought a luxurious new boat for himself. The arrival of Canfield's son is disappointing to him as his son turns out to be a scrawny, awkward kid equipped with a pencil mustache, a ukulele, and a beret. Also to his dismay is the fact that Canfield's kid is in love with Kitty King (Marion Byron), the daughter of John. Now, Canfield Sr. must find a way to get his wimpy son to help in out in his greatest time of need when it comes to fixing his boat, but also assisting him in weather a violent cyclone that's been a-brewing.

Canfield Jr. is played by Buster Keaton, who really needs no introduction. Keaton is a marvelous actor, who can go from side-splitting comic relief to playing deeply tragic and emotionally-affecting in no time. With Steamboat Bill, Jr., he gives another performance that makes him worthy of placement amongst comedy greats of this era, from The Three Stooges, to Charlie Chaplin, to Harold Lloyd, to the Marx Brothers, to Laurel and Hardy, etc. He's an actor with impeccable timing and wit, and him playing a scrawny but not entirely hopeless underdog is a role that he fits perfectly.

Keaton also isn't shy when it comes to finding ways to incorporate breakneck physical comedy into the picture. Consider the scene when Canfield Jr. is being pushed back and forth between his dad's boat and King's boat, each time running a bit more of a risk of falling into the small little crevasse of water between the two boats. The scene is hilarious and keeps one on the edge as if watching an argument taking place between two people right alongside a swimming pool. You know something is coming and the effect is had on you is surprisingly very stimulating.

Another memorable scene possibly stands as Keaton's most famous scene of his career, taking place during the destructive cyclone. Keaton's Canfield Jr. is position in front of a home when the front wall of his house falls, ostensibly about the crush him, until we see that Canfield Jr. is in the setup's only safe position, which is where the wall's window is placed. This scene was famously unrehearsed, due to Keaton's trust of his special effects team and his lack of interest in wasting a perfectly good wall.

Directed by Charles Reisner, the man responsible for bringing us Chaplin's The Kid just a few years prior, Steamboat Bill, Jr. is also regarded as one of Keaton's best pieces of work, although initially a box office bomb and subject to a critical divide. Because Keaton was independently financing all of his films up until this point, Steamboat Bill, Jr.'s failure was a crushing blow to the director's ego and pocketbook, which tempted him to sign on with MGM to get a heavy studio salary along with more exposure and stronger odds on a successful box office performance. Despite the warnings from his contemporaries and good friends such as Chaplin and Lloyd, Keaton, out of financial desperation, signed on with MGM in a move he'd later regard as one of the worst decisions of his life, as his creative control and personal say in projects was hugely compromised. Viewing Steamboat Bill, Jr. now is a sweet experience, but one can't help but shake their head in sadness for what it entailed for its star, who probably couldn't foresee the legacy he would leave on cinema as a whole.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Tom McGuire, and Marion Byron. Directed by: Charles Reisner.

8/10Reviewed bydesperatelivingVote: 8/10

For the first time since he was a baby, an effete Buster Keaton comes home from Boston to visit his steamboat captain father, who's being troubled by the head of the other, finer steamboat, J.J. King. Of course King's daughter is home to visit her father, too! This completely delightful comedy glides right along, with outstanding physical comedy from Keaton. The lightness of the film is a benefit, as is the short 70m running time. There's no shortage of brilliant gags, my favorite being Keaton trying to get his jailed father to accept his homemade loaf of bread. ("That must of [sic] happened when the dough fell in the tool chest.") I loved the opening, as well, with Bill going along to different shops with his son in order to prepare him for the boat, and the hilarious scene in the hat shop as Junior eyes himself in the mirror as his father suggests these awful hats. The ending is just amazing (and dangerous!), as buildings fall apart due to an awful wind, with Buster doing a disappearing act and fighting to stand up straight and retain his composure. 8/10

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