Watch: The Navigator (1924)
Today is the release date of Buster Keaton’s The Navigator, except in 1924. It’s not opening down at the local cineplex or anything (a shame, if you ask me). I’m going to go out on a limb and guess if you’re reading this, you don’t need much background on Keaton or The Navigator, so I’ll just give you some fun facts about the movie:
- The budget for the movie was $220,000, according to IMDB.
- Also according to IMDB, The Navigator was Keaton’s most successful movie in terms of box office gross.
- According to TCM, the real name of the boat was ‘Buford’ and it had been previously used to deport suspected Bolsheviks from the United States. The entire idea for the film revolved around Buster hearing that Buford would be scrapped, buying it for cheap, and the constructing a story around his outsized prop.
- The original Variety review said, in part, ” “Buster Keaton’s comedy is spotty. That is to say it’s both commonplace and novel, with the latter sufficient to make the picture a laugh getter…”
You can watch The Navigator on YouTube right now, without spending a 1924 nickel and without even leaving your chair. However, the quality here is dubious. I would say watch 15 minutes of it, feel said that you’re not seeing The Navigator in all it’s hilarious glorious, and then go get the Kino Ultimate edition of The Navigator on Blu-Ray. I have it, and it’s totally worth it.