So far, Steamboat Bill, Jr is my favorite Buster Keaton film. It was one of his last great silent masterpieces. It contains his most famous stunt and Walt Disney likely used it as inspiration for his first Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie, 1928.
William Canfield owns and runs an old passenger river boat. His arch rival has just bought a brand new one. William is upset by this but becomes excited when he gets a telegram from his son who has just graduated from college. Will has not seen his son, Willie, since he was a baby and pictures him as a big strapping lad.
When they meet, Will sr. is disappointed that Willie is short but he is also disgusted that his son is a dandy. He has a thin mustache, that Will has shaved off. He has a beret that Will tries to get rid of. In a hat store, Will has his son try on many hats. Everyone that he does not like he yanks off his son’s head. At one point, Willie puts on a hat that Keaton wore in many films. He quickly throws it away before his father gets the chance.
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