Steamboat Bill Jr.

Apr 27th • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm • The Frida Cinema

On Saturday, April 27th, legendary Wurlitzer whiz Dean Mora lends live musical accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s silent 1928 comedy classic Steamboat Bill, Jr.!

When college boy William Canfield Jr. (Keaton) reunites with his father, a crusty riverboat captain in a Mississippi River town, the elder Canfield seems to have finally found an ally to help him in his bitter rivalry with fellow riverboat owner John James King – despite the fact that he is a bit flummoxed by his son’s effete nature. Complicating matters, Willie Jr. soon finds himself falling for King’s daughter, Mary (Marion Byron). But things only get worse when the weather turns bad…

Keaton’s athleticism and gift for inventive visual humor are in top form, but Steamboat Bill Jr. is best remembered for the climactic cyclone sequence and slapstick tour-de-force in which Keaton’s comedic stunts are performed amid the full-scale destruction of an entire town.

Experience Keaton’s 91-year-old comedy masterpiece on the big screen, with a live soundtrack performed by a silent-film musical legend!

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