The Navigator (1924) was a Comedy - Silent Films Film directed by Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton and produced by Buster Keaton and Joseph M. Schenck.
The NavigatorBy Barry P. on May 8, 2019 From Cinematic Catharsis
(1924) Directed by Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp; Written by Clyde Bruckman, Joseph A. Mitchell and Jean C. Havez: Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, and Frederick Vroom; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “Rollo Treadway – Heir to the Treadway fortune –... Read full article
Flight of the Navigator (1986, Randal Kleiser)By Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 26, 2016 From The Stop Button
Flight of the Navigator works on a principal of delayed charm; eventually, it?s got to be charming, right? No, no, it doesn?t. The film?s a series of false starts. The only thing approaching a pay-off is Paul Reubens?voicing an alien spaceship?going into a riff on his ?Pee-Wee? routine. It?s not eve... Read full article
BUSTER KEATON BLOGATHON. THE NAVIGATOR. ( 1924 ).By Crystal Kalyana on Feb 9, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood
BUSTER KEATON BLOGATHON: THE NAVIGATOR ( 1924 ) I’m pleased to announce that I’m participating in the “Buster Keaton Blogathon”. Being a fan of silent movies, Buster Keaton has always been one of my favorite silent stars, so it was difficult to choose which subject related to... Read full article
BUSTER KEATON BLOGATHON: “THE NAVIGATOR” ( 1924 )By Crystal Kalyana on Feb 8, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood
BUSTER KEATON BLOGATHON: “THE NAVIGATOR” ( 1924 ) I’m pleased to announce that I’m participating in the “Buster Keaton Blogathon”. Being a fan of silent movies, Buster Keaton has always been one of my favorite silent stars, so it was difficult to choose which subj... Read full article
Let's Go to the Movies: The Navigator (1924)By Caftan Woman on Jun 9, 2014 From Caftan Woman
What's better than a Sunday afternoon at the movies? How about Silent Sundays at the Revue Cinema. Throughout the year, Silent Sundays gives Toronto movie fans the chance to enjoy silent era shorts and features at the saved-from-the-brink charming Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue in west end Tor... Read full article
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Rollo Treadway: [nods] We're safer on the boat.
Betsy O'Brien: We're drifting toward them.
[both run off to anchor the ship]
Rollo Treadway: [to the servant] I think I'll get married.
[Servant responds briefly before Rollo turns his attention back to the portrait of Betsy]
Rollo Treadway: [to himself] Today.
Rollo Treadway: Will you marry me?
Betsy O'Brien: [shakes her head] This is a fine time to ask me that. I'm cold and hungry and ...
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The ship in the movie was actually the USAT Buford, named after prominent Union Civil War cavalry officer and hero of Gettysburg Gen. John T. Buford. The ship had begun life as the S.S. Mississippi for the Atlantic Transport Line in 1890. It was later purchased and renamed by the US government in 1898 and became an army troop transport in the Spanish American War and in WW I. Its most notorious incarnation was as the "Soviet Ark" (or "Red Ark") when the ship was used to deport 249 political radicals and other "undesirable" aliens, among them the fiery anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, to the Russian SFSR in December, 1919, during the Palmer Raids of the first "Red Scare" period in the U.S.
The underwater scenes of Buster Keaton trying to repair the ship in full diving gear were originally intended to be filmed in the local municipal swimming pool. However, the pool was not deep enough, so higher retaining walls were built around the edges, to hold more water. Unfortunately, the weight of the additional water broke the bottom of the pool, and Keaton had to pay for the repair. The production was moved to Lake Tahoe, where the water was very clear, but so cold that Keaton could only stay under for ten minutes at a time. The camera crew was sent down in a watertight box, with ice packed around the camera to keep the lens from fogging over.
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