Steamboat Bill Jr

  • Directors: Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Carl Harbaugh, Buster Keaton
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Buster Keaton

The story concerns a young man straight out of college making good as a Mississippi steamboat captain, trying to follow in his father’s footsteps, and falling in love with the daughter of John James King (Tom McGuire) who is his father’s business rival.


  • Directors: James W Horne, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Bryan Foy, Carl Harbaugh
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Harold Goodwin

Set in Southern California, the movie opens with Ronald graduating high school as the school’s “most brilliant scholar”. At his graduation, Ronald speaks on the “Curse of the Athlete” in which he argues that books are more important that athletics.

After Graduation Ronald decides to follow Mary, the girl who rejected him because she loves athletes more than book worms, to Clayton which the dean describes as an “athlete-infested college”. While at Clayton, Ronald, in an effort to impress Mary tries out and fails in the various sports.

Eventually the dean calls in Ronald to ask him why his grades are suffering. After Ronald explains the situation to the dean, the dean empathizes with Ronald and orders the rowing coach to make Ronald the coxswain in the upcoming competition. The coach reluctantly agrees but tries to sabotage Ronald so he cannot compete.

Meanwhile, Mary starts to appreciate Ronald’s futile efforts to impress her. However, on the day of the competition Jeff, Mary’s jock boyfriend, gets kicked out of college and takes her hostage in her room in an effort to get her kicked out also so she can marry him. In the end, Ronald ends up winning her over.