Steamboat Bob Jr.


Finally I found time to watch a movie, albeit a short one that I watched in short stints as I ate lunch this past week.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. starred Buster Keaton as a long lost, disappointing son of a steamboat owner. Steamboat Bill. Sr. owns an old steamboat that gets condemned shortly after Mr. King, a local tycoon with a splendid new boat muscles into town. Bill’s son, whom he hasn’t seen in at least 20 years comes to town and the rough, salt-of-the-earth father is totally disappointed with his light-weight, citified son.

To make matters worse, coincidentally, the son’s sweetheart turns out to be the daughter of the tycoon, who so hates Bill.

Lots of slapstick ensues. While I could appreciate the acrobatics and the technical precision in the film, I wished for more–more like the social commentary Chaplin would have included. The DVD I had had a few extras, but I missed the audio commentary that many Criterion Collection films have. It wasn’t a bad film, but it could have been better.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sailing a 34' Catamaran Named Chiron
    Nov 14, 2015 @ 20:38:46

    We saw this one last year in a theater with an authentic Wurlitzer pipe organ. We loved the special effects but agree that there should have been more.



    • smkelly8
      Nov 18, 2015 @ 19:58:04

      With a Wurlitzer pipe organ! How amazing!

      Liked by 1 person


      • Sailing a 34' Catamaran Named Chiron
        Nov 18, 2015 @ 20:03:29

        The Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland has a lovely vintage feel and a great Wurlitzer with the pipes hidden by two giant screens.
        They have a winter silent series and before every film they show a short movie about their organist, the theater history and the history of the Wurlitzer. I had no idea it contained so many pipes- so much great music to accompany the films.


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