Silent Film! Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Directed by Charles Reisner. US. 1928. 71 minutes.
Presented by TOSDV
Sun., January 31, 2010
The crusty, hot-headed captain (Ernest Torrence) of a somewhat old and decrepit river steamboat receives an unexpected visit from his son (Buster Keaton). Anticipating a “chip off the old block,” dad is quite disappointed to see his boy is the exact opposite and so he tries to remake his son into a more “manly” image. Wealthy, prominent town citizen (Tom McGuire), bent on putting the “crusty, hot-headed captain” out of business, introduces his brand new steamboat to the town. His daughter (Marion Byron) unexpectedly comes to visit him. As it turns out, unknown to their respective dads, the boy and girl know each other from college and are good friends, much to the dismay of their feuding fathers. Comedy and mayhem ensue. This is a wonderful movie with lots of clever sight gags and stunts by Keaton and an exciting, thrilling finale! Featuring Wayne Zimmerman on the Rodgers Trio Deluxe Theatre Organ.
Benefits the TOSDV Theatre Pipe Organ Restoration Fund. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years-old and under.