The Buster Keaton Collection

1928
  |  196 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of three silent films starring Buster Keaton. In 'The Navigator' (1924), Keaton stars as Rollo Treadway, a wealthy socialite who has decided to propose to his beautiful neighbour, Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire). Although Betsy rejects his offer of marriage, he decides to go on their honeymoon alone as he had already booked passage on a cruise to Honolulu. When he gets on the ship however he realises that he has boarded the wrong vessel and he is currently sailing on the Navigator owned by Betsy's father (Frederick Vroom) and is bound for a country at war. Keaton co-writes, co-directs and stars in the action comedy 'The General' (1926), inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Set during the American Civil War, the film follows southerner Johnnie Gray (Keaton) who is denied entry into the Confederate Army due to the valuable work he does as an engineer. However, his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) believes he has failed to sign up because of his cowardice. When Johnnie's train, The General, is stolen by Unionists with Annabelle still on board, he gets the chance to prove his bravery and embarks on a hair-raising adventure to save his love. Finally, in 'Steamboat Bill Jr.' (1928), William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield (Ernest Torrence) is the owner of a paddle steamer that is rapidly falling into disrepair. As he works hard to try and compete for business with tycoon John James King (Tom McGuire), his son, William Jr. (Keaton) shows up to help. William Jr., however, is not the strapping lad that he expected, having not seen him since he was a baby; instead he turns up sporting a pencil moustache and a beret. Steamboat Bill is even more distraught when he learns that his son has fallen in love with Kitty King (Marion Byron), the daughter of his rival...