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The Navigator

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Released - October, 1924  The Navigator The Navigator

Directed By - Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton

Starring – Buster Keaton (Rollo Treadway), Kathryn Mcguire (Betsy O’Brien), Frederick Vroom (John O’Brien).

Description – Wealthy, but lonely, Rollo Treadway witnesses a young couples loving embrace and decides to propose marriage to the also wealthy Betsy O’Brien who lives accross the street.

His plan is to marry Betsy and sail to Honolulu. However, things don’t always work out as planned. Betsy refuses Rollo’s marriage proposal and in an effort to recover from her rejection he decides to sail alone.

His emotional distraction causes Rollo to board the wrong ship. Instead of the cruise ship, he mistakenly boards ‘The Navigator’ a ship owned by Betsy’s father John O’Brien. Betsy soon also boards the ship looking for her father who seems to be missing.

Missing he is, as he has been captured by spies who have now cut the ship loose to drift away. As the ship begins to drift neither Rollo or Betsy are aware that the other is on board. Eventually, the pair find each other on the otherwise deserted ship and have a great deal of initial difficulty fending for themselves.

As time passes they are able to take care of each other onboard ship, but continue to drift for weeks until they finally come to an island. Salvation with one big problem, this island is inhabited by cannibals.

NOTABLE: The Navigator proved to be Buster Keaton’s biggest commercial success and has some of his most memorable gags.

Buster Keaton got the idea for this film when hearing of a large passenger ship that was due to be scrapped. He bought the ship for a very low price and used it as a large prop.

Sherlock, Jr.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Released - April, 1924  Sherlock Jr. Sherlock, Jr.

Directed By - Buster Keaton

Starring – Buster Keaton (Projectionist), Kathryn McGuire (The Girl), Joe Keaton (The Girl’s Father), Erwin Connelly (The Butler), Ward Crane (The Villain).

Description – A hapless movie projectionist, working double duty as a janitor, is studying hard through a correspondence course in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a detective. He is also in love and is going to propose marriage to his girlfriend. However, he has a rival for the young woman’s hand.

The projectionist’s next date with his love is to be a very special one as he brings chocolates and an engagement ring. His rival dosen’t give up so easily and steals the girlfriend’s father’s watch placing the blame of the love sick projectionist.

Dejected and without the consent of the girl’s father, he returns to his job and during a movie showing he falls asleep. He dreams that he is the Sherlock Holmes type of detective in the film and that he solves the theft of a pearl necklace.

His dream leads him on a quest to solve the mystery of the stolen watch and to get back his girlfriend.

NOTABLE: In 1991, Sherlock, Jr. was selected for the National Film Registry for preservation by the Library of Congress.

Though not particularly well received during its release, today many believe this to be the finest of the Buster Keaton comedies. Equally impressive were the imaginative camera tricks used to make it appear as if he stepped right into the movie screen during the dream scenes.

Sherlock, Jr.’s assistant, whose character name was Gillette, was named after actor William Gillette who was the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes on stage.