Buster Keaton and Family Take to the Lake in “The Boat”
PRESENTED BY GARY SCOTT BEATTY, PUBLISHER AND EDITOR, MUSKEGONMAGAZINE.COM
Actor James Mason bought Buster Keaton’s house in 1952 and found “The Boat” (1921) and other lost Keaton shorts in the cellar, on damaged nitrate film. Mason saved this classic, in which Buster and his family go on a disastrous voyage on his homemade boat, The Damfino.
Muskegon, Michigan residents will recognize that The Damfinos is the name of the International Buster Keaton Society that holds their yearly convention here, touring Keaton’s beloved Bluffton neighborhood, and showing Keaton films at the Frauenthal Theater. “The Boat” was written and directed by Eddie Cline and Muskegon’s own Buster Keaton.
In the early 1900’s performers began to spend summers in the Bluffton area. Buster’s father, Joe, helped found the Actor’s Colony club there and by 1911, over 200 performers resided in the colony. By the early 1920’s, the California film industry lured many vaudevillian performers to Hollywood, including Buster and his family.
These Works are in Public Domain and not Derivative as specified by U.S. copyright law (title 17 of the U.S. Code).
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