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Buster Keaton's comedy is spotty. That is to say it's both commonplace and novel, with the latter sufficient to make the picture a laugh getter.

With:
Buster Keaton Kathryn McGuire Frederick Vroom

Buster Keaton’s comedy is spotty. That is to say it’s both commonplace and novel, with the latter sufficient to make the picture a laugh getter.

The film is novel in that it has Keaton in a deep-sea diving outfit with the camera catching him under water for comedy insertions. There’s a possibility of doubling during some of the action, but close-ups are registered under water that reveal Keaton, personally, behind the glass within the helmet.

There’s an abundance of funny business in connection with Keaton’s going overboard to fix a propellor shaft and a thrill has been inserted through the comedian getting mixed up with a devil fish.

The actual story carries little weight. It has Keaton as a wealthy young man being matrimonially rejected by the girl. Having secured passage to Hawaii, he unknowingly boards a deserted steamship selected to be destroyed by foreign and warring factions. The girl’s father, owner of the vessel, visits the dock, is set upon by the rogues who are bent on casting the liner adrift, and when the girl goes to her parent’s rescue she is also caught on board with no chance of a return to land. The entire action practically takes place on the deserted ship, with the girl (Kathryn McGuire) and Keaton the only figures.

The Navigator

Production: Metro-Goldwyn. Director Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton; Screenplay Jean Havez, Clyde Bruckman, Joe Mitchell; Camera Elgin Lessley, Byron Houck; Art Director Fred Gabourie

Crew: Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1924. Running time: 60 MIN.

With: Buster Keaton Kathryn McGuire Frederick Vroom

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