Buster Keaton By Susan King "Steamboat Bill, Jr." was Buster Keaton's last independent feature before making, as he would later say, the biggest mistake of his career by giving up his own studio and signing with MGM. Released in the 1928, this silent slapstick comedy is considered one of Keaton's most ambitious and funniest feature films including many iconic set pieces — most memorably, a house literally falling down around him during a cyclone, a stunt that could have easily killed a less athletic and agile actor. But while "Steamboat Bill, Jr." is legendary, few people know that there are actually two different negatives of the film. Continue reading this story. RELATED: Hollywood Walk of Fame: Buster Keaton Photo: Buster Keaton and Marion Byron in "Steamboat Bill, Jr."
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