Steamboat Bill Jr. is a 1928 feature-length comedy silent film featuring Buster Keaton. Released by United Artists, the film is the last product of Keaton’s independent production team and set of gag writers. It was not a box-office success and proved to be the last picture Keaton would make for United Artists. Keaton would end up moving to MGM where he would make one last film with his trademark style, The Cameraman, before all of his creative control was taken away by the studio.
The director was Charles Reisner, the credited writer was Carl Harbaugh (although Keaton wrote the film and publicly called Harbaugh useless but “on the payroll”), and also featured Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron, and Tom Lewis.
The film was named after a popular Arthur Collins song, “Steamboat Bill”.
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Directed by Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Carl Harbaugh, Buster Keaton
Starring Buster Keaton
Cinematography Bert Haines, Devereaux Jennings
Edited by Sherman Kell
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates May 12, 1928
Running time 71 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film