Tuesday, June 30
Showtime: 7:30 PM
$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)
The 1928 “Steamboat Bill Jr.” is Buster Keaton’s final independent production before he was hired by MGM and is a comic masterpiece that represents the full breadth of Keaton’s remarkable talents.
William “Steamboat Bill” Canfield is the owner and captain of a paddle steamer that has seen better days and has to compete with a local businessman’s brand new luxurious riverboat. Canfield eagerly awaits the arrival of his son to help out, who he hasn’t seen since his son was a child, and he expects a big husky man like himself but is soon sorely disappointed with the arrival of his slight, awkward offspring. His son’s attempt to single-handedly pilot the rag-tag “Stonewall Jackson” with its mechanical brilliance is crowned by the film’s hurricane climax. The remarkable special effects are highlighted by the destruction of full-sized structures, including the legendary stunt in which the front of a building collapses over the boy who passes unharmed through an open window.
Also featured: Buster Keaton’s short, “Daydreams.” Total running time: 96 minutes