Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In The Works: The Boat

Up next in our mock trailer series is The Boat. Buster Keaton's 1921 short comedy.

From Motion Picture News, 1922

We have my favorite Buster leading lady, Sybil Seely, playing Buster's wife; they have two sons (foreshadowing Buster's real life), and one boat. This is one of Buster's patented story lines of man against machine. Well, man is also against kids, weather, water...

FYI: The boat in The Boat is named "Damfino." A very short-lived boat in Buster's feature film, College, is named "Damfino," and legend has it that a boat with the same name appeared on the Michigan shores when Buster was there as a child. The International Buster Keaton Society is named-- what else? The Damfinos.

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