After a break-up, Buster decides to leave the world of his fellow creatures. He boards a makeshift boat and becomes a solitary sailor. During a trip lasting several days he comes across whales and pirates, endures explosions of all kinds, invents a new fishing system and finishes his initiatory journey in an unexpected way.
Made in the same year as his first feature length film, The Love Nest is the only film that Buster Keaton wrote and produced alone. —Europa Film Treasures
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895, to a pair of vaudeville performers. Spending his childhood on the road with his family, he earned the nickname Buster at the age of six months. By the age of three, the youngster was appearing as part of his parents act whenever they could evade child labor laws. In vaudeville, Keaton developed remarkable talents as an acrobatic comedian with a superb sense of timing, and became a rising star by his teens. In early 1917, Buster left his act with his parents, and appeared in a Broadway comic revue later that year, but the key to Keaton’s future came when he met a fellow vaudeville comedian. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was starring in a low-budget two-reel screen comedy, The Butcher Boy, and invited Keaton to play a small role in the picture. The two hit it off and became a successful onscreen team, starring in a long string of comic hits. Fascinated by the medium of film, Keaton soon began writing their pictures, and assisted in directing… read more
Buster was in total control of his final two-reeler before his move to feature productions, writing and directing as well as starring in a below par effort. After being jilted by his sweetheart The Great Stone Face takes to the high seas in order to get over his heartbreak only to encounter a whaling ship skippered by a mean-spirited captain quick to dispose overboard all who cross him.. But all isn't what it seems..