THE BOAT, conceived as a companion piece to ONE WEEK, finds Buster Keaton building a thirty-five foot family cruiser. It was Keaton's most commercially successful silent two-reel comedy and ranks among his best works. The classic sequence of this boat launch has Buster (the proud owner and captain) standing at the nose of the boat while his homemade craft slides down into the ocean and never stops.
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Typical example of Keyton's stoneface. Wonderful sequence 3/4 of the way through where the boat turns over and over and Keaton is inside the boat as the set is rolloed over and over. Similar to Astaire's dancing on the ceiling but much faster.