Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Although I didn’t like this quite as much as The General and The Cameraman, I did think this movie had some of his best physical comedy.  The athleticism evident here is just astounding–some of those pratfalls rise to the level of elegant acrobatics!  And his stunt of quickly descending four stories of a ship–and then scrambling back up!–is simply breathtaking (starts at around 1:09 in the second video).  It’s easy to see why Jackie Chan said his career was inspired by Keaton.

 

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