Friday, November 21, 2014

The Navigator (1924)

Who's In It: Buster Keaton (Sherlock Jr, The General) and Kathryn McGuire (Sherlock Jr).

What It's About: A couple of rich kids are stranded on an empty ocean liner that's lost at sea.

How It Is: Hilarious. I've seen it a few times now and there are still bits that get me rolling every time. A while back I decided I wanted to experience all the classic silent film comedians like Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd, but I started with Keaton and have never been able to move past him. It's hard for me to make time for Chaplin and Lloyd when there are still Keaton movies I haven't seen. His physical ability combined with that deadpan face and just good, solid gags make his films a joy to watch and my whole family is hooked on him.

The Navigator of course combines Keaton with my love for the sea, so it's one of my favorites. Kathryn McGuire is amazing in it too and it's remarkable that she's able to keep up with Keaton. No one's going to upstage him, but she's a great partner for him and The Navigator showcases her talent better than Sherlock Jr (though I love that movie, too).

Here's an early scene, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies. This particular version is missing any music, but it's still a nice taste of the film:

Rating: Five out of five silly, sailing scions.

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