Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Synopsis: Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Cannings older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame. Bill Jr. and Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty, her father and his father.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Production: United Artists
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
70 min

Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Muddy Waters.

The new steamer, King.

J.J. King, owner.

Tom McGuire)

The old steamer, Stonewall Jackson.

The owner, William Canfield,

better known as Steamboat Bill.

Ernest Torrence)

Bill's first and last mate.

Tom Lewis)


River Junction Bank.

J.J. king President.

Hotel King.


"This floating palace should put an end to

that 'thing' Steamboat Bill is running."

"Looks like you'll have to

look for a new river."

"I'll run on this river if I'm the

only passenger on the boat."

"Telegram from your son... it's

been here four days."

William Canfield Sr. Steamboat Stonewall

Jackson, River Junction, Mississippi.

Dear dad, It was mother's wish that when

I had finished school to pay you a visit.

I think I arrive Saturday 10 A.M. You can't

mistake me. I'll be wearing a white carnation.

Regards, William Canfield Jr.

"It's from my Willie, I haven't

seen him since he was a baby."

"Must be a big lad by now."

"I'll bet he's bigger'n me."

To steamboat Stonewall Jackson.

Free Bus to the Stonewall Jackson.

King's daughter, home from school.

Marion Byron)

River Junction (Train Station)

Bus - The King Steamboat co. (New!)

To steamboat Stonewall Jackson.

Free Bus to the Stonewall Jackson. (Old)

"Any of you boys looking for a father?"

River Junction.

Will Canfield Jr.


"If you say what you're thinking

I'll Strangle you!"


"Take that barnacle off his lip."

"Why, Willie Canfield...

What are you doing so far from Boston?"

"My father's here."

"So is mine and you'll love him."

"Is that... Steamboat Bill, Junior?"

"Fix him up with some

working clothes for the boat."

Working clothes for the boat...

...with her help.

"No jury would convict you."

"If I find him on this boat again,

I'll personally wring his neck."

"That's what that's for."

"If anybody else is caught on this boat...

my son'll handle him."

"Show him what makes the boat go."

"Keep your hands off him."

"I'm trying to teach you to run it...

not 'wreck' it."

Eight Bells and all is wrong.

...home. I will be waiting in the Salon.

If you really care for me come tonight.


"I'll pick the young man for you...

and it won't be the son of a river tramp."

"I'll pick the young lady for you...

and it won't be a girl with a father like that."

"What do you mean throwing those...

cocoanut shells on the floor?"

"Back to Boston you go."


(Train Ticket) Destination From:

River Junction To: Boston, Massachusetts

This is to notify that

the steamer STONEWALL JACKSON...

is unsafe and hereby CONDEMNED

until further investigation.

Signed Public Safety Committee.

Out of Town Papers.

"Are you responsible for this?"

"Well, it ought to be condemned,

the first good wind would sink it anyhow."

U.S. Post Office.

"This man not only threatened my life

but defied the law."

Western Union Telegraph.


"King will see that he don't

get out of here for awhile."

(Train Ticket) Southern Railway Co.

Destination From: River Junction...

Boston, Massachusetts

(Passenger Name): Will Canfield Jr.


Unsettled... - wet and cloudy.

"I've brought my poor father bread."

"Throw both him and the bread out."

"Tell him I made it myself."

"I'll just wait around

until he is famished."

The Prisoner's Song.

Oh! I wish I had some one to love me

Some one to call me their own;

Oh! I wish I had some one to live with

'Cause I'm tired of living alone....

"I guess I better go."

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Carl Harbaugh

Carl Harbaugh (November 10, 1886 – February 26, 1960) was an American film actor, screenwriter and director. He appeared in 59 films between 1912 and 1957. He wrote for a further 46 films and directed 25. He was born in Washington, D.C., and died in Hollywood, California. more…

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