The hapless and wealthy Rollo Treadway (Keaton) books a honeymoon sailing for two to Honolulu, but when his sweetheart Betsy rejects him, he decides to take the voyage alone. He mistakenly boards wrong ship, the “Navigator,” which happens to be owned by Betsy’s father who gets kidnapped moments before the boat sets sail—with only Betsy and Rollo aboard. Hijinks and hide-and-seek on the high seas (and below) ensue as the two join rather inept forces to battle everything from killer swordfish to cannibals. Keaton’s second biggest box office success was reportedly his personal favorite—for the underwater scenes in particular.
New 2K restoration done in conjunction with Cineteca di Bologna with an orchestral score by Robert Israel
The Boat (John G. Blystone & Buster Keaton, 1921, U.S., 30m, 2K DCP)
Buster builds a boat in his basement only to run afoul of Murphy’s Law. He pulls the boat out and the house falls down. He names the boat Damfino and it sinks at sea. He sends an S.O.S. to the Coast Guard and they refuse to respond, for when they ask “Who are you?” Keaton replies, “Damfino.” The Guard decides that if he doesn’t know who he is, they shouldn’t be expected to.
New 2K DCP restoration done in conjunction with Cineteca di Bologna with a stereo score by Andrew Simpson