Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton direct Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire and Ernest Torrence in this silent slapstick comedy about a son trying work his father’s ramshackle boat the week before a hurricane is due.

There’s slapstick and visual gags but there ain’t nothing like the scale and fatal risk Keaton puts himself through here for a gasp or a laugh. Astounding.

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