This 1924 Buster Keaton film is one of a handful of American movie comedies that have attained sublime visual beauty. Keaton (pictured) is a hapless rich boy adrift on an abandoned ocean liner. The slapstick is ingenious and hilarious, and the images have the dry irony and perfection of the great Keaton films. Keaton and Donald Crisp co-directed. The American Movie Channel's annual "Film Preservation" project is celebrating the great comedians this week with an array of Keaton movies, in addition to Laurel and Hardys, Jerry Lewis with and without Dean Martin, plus some Chaplins, a couple of W.C. Fields films and an Eddie Cantor picture (the 1930 "Whoopie," Saturday at 12:45 a.m.) (AMC Wednesday at 6 p.m.).
Other four-star films airing this week:
Our Hospitality / AMC, Wednesday, 12:45 p.m.
Sherlock Jr. / AMC, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, 4 p.m.
Seven Chances / AMC, Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.
The General / AMC, Wednesday, 10:45 p.m.
The Bank Dick / AMC, Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break / AMC, Friday, 11:45 a.m.