Steamboat Bill, Jr. at Brattle Theatre
Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 12
(1928) dir Buster Keaton, Charles Reiser w/Buster Keaton, Marion Byron, Ernest Torrence, Tom McGuire [70 min; DCP]
The last of the independent features made in the prime of Buster Keaton’s career, STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. is a large-scale follow-up to The General, substituting a Mississippi paddlewheel for the locomotive, and replacing the spectacle of the Civil War with a catastrophic hurricane. Keaton stars as William Canfield, Jr., a Boston collegian who returns to his deep-southern roots to reunite with his father, a crusty riverboat captain (Torrence) who is engaged in a bitter rivalry with, coincidentally, the father of Willie’s sweetheart (Byron).