Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Directed by Buster Keaton and Charles Reisner • 1928 • United States
Starring Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Tom McGuire
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. was Buster Keaton’s last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest. He stars as the sensitive son of a gruff riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence) who struggles to earn both his father’s respect and the love of beautiful Marion Byron. But the film is best remembered for the climactic cyclone sequence—a slapstick tour de force in which Keaton’s comedic stunts are performed amid the full-scale destruction of an entire town.
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Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle • 1917 • United States
Starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
A doctor bets it all at the horse races and winds up in quite a fix.
Honor Among Lovers
Directed by Dorothy Arzner • 1931 • United States
Starring Claudette Colbert, Fredric March, Monroe Owsley
The incandescent presence of two rising stars—Claudette Colbert and Fredric March—lights up this deft blend of comedy, romance, and social drama. A young secretary (Colbert) faces a life-al...