The Navigator

1924

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Romance

14
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100% · 22 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.5/10 10 11151 11.2K

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Top cast

Buster Keaton as Rollo Treadway
Noble Johnson as Cannibal Chief
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506.86 MB
978*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
12 hr 59 min
Seeds 1
979.24 MB
1456*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
12 hr 59 min
Seeds 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by AlsExGal 7 / 10

Everyone is a stunt person in this film

Wealthy Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) preposes to his neighbor across the street, Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire), and sends his servant to book passage for a honeymoon sea cruise to Honolulu. Surprised that she would reject such a wonderful guy as himself, he decides to go on the trip anyway. Because the pier number is partially covered and it is nighttime, he ends up on the wrong ship, the Navigator, which Betsy's rich father (Frederick Vroom) has just sold to a small country at war. Agents of the other small nation set the ship adrift that night. Betsy boards the ship to rescue her father, thinking he is aboard, prior to the ship being cut loose.

So McGuire and Keaton are both onboard the same ship, alone except for each other, and don't know that the other is there. How they find each other is part of the fun. How they manage to grasp the simple things like making coffee and using a can opener - with great difficulty -is a running commentary on the idle rich of the roaring 20s since these two have always had servants to do every simple task for them.

The Navigator makes the gutsy choice for its time to allow African American actors the chance to be spear-chucking cannibals since such roles normally went to white actors in black face. It's also notable that these actors were performing their own stunts like the rest of the cast with Keaton, as always, taking the biggest risks with the most physically demanding stunts.

Donald Crisp, the co-director, was hired to direct the dramatic (non-boat) scenes, and was removed when he tried to direct the boat scenes as well. Keaton took over. In the gag where McGuire tosses the portrait that ends up dangling outside Keaton's window to frighten him, the portrait of the scary man is Crisp.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

Comedy aboard the ocean liner

Buster Keaton was, and still is to this day, one of the funniest and most daring comedic actors, as well as being one of the biggest influences, in film history and ever. His comic timing was seldom off and he was one of the few to not be afraid of taking risks. There was much more to him than that though, with him again being one of the very few to pull off being stone-faced because he did it with such expressivity and nuance.

'The Navigator' may not quite be quintessential Keaton or be among his best efforts, in a filmography full of good to masterpiece films. This is not just feature films but short ones too. Others are bolder and fresher, and others also have more of a warm heart. Having said that it is hard not to fault the entertainment and charm value of 'The Navigator', and there is a lot of both. Similarly it is easy to see why it was Keaton's biggest commercial success, even if he did do better a huge part of me does feel that the appeal is not going to be lost on people.

As said, other Keaton films have more warmth and heart than 'The Navigator', though it is hardly devoid of either. There are occasions where the momentum dips and the action drags a bit in the middle.

However, 'The Navigator' looks great visually and technically. The underwater sequence is made to look more expansive and easier than it actually was, in fact it was a nightmare to film and none of the difficulties show. Never does the photography look cheap. The comedy never feels too much or too little, it is all beautifully timed and never less than very funny. All of them work, it is not one of those films with a few misfire gags or a film that is not funny at all, even when not quite classic quality it's an example to all. The scene aboard the deserted boat and the use of the deck levels in the scene are timed perfectly and really put a smile on my face.

For me, the underwater sequence, having seen people that found it overlong and dull, was extraordinary in comic timing and visual technique. There is charm and heart and did love the chemistry between Keaton and Kathryn McGuire, the latter handling the physical comedy with aplomb and she is worked to the limit here and giving a likeable performance too. Donald Crisp, who also directs, is his usual reliable self. The presence of cannibals in anything understandably makes one feel nervous, but didn't have a problem with them actually here (there are far more offensive, unsubtle and unflattering elsewhere).

Keaton's comic timing is spot on and he has a character that is easy to endear to and root for. is physicality and how he copes with the stunts is awe-inspiring and he is one of not many to make deadpan interesting and entertaining because he still makes it very expressive and nuanced.

Overall, not quite classic Keaton yet still very good. 8/10

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

Keaton gets into some hijinx

Rich sap Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) pines to marry sweetheart Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire). He sets all the arrangements to sail to Honolulu except she says no to him. Her father John O'Brien (Frederick Vroom) had sold his ship 'The Navigator' to one side of a conflict. The opposing agents intend to set the ship adrift and then sunk. John goes to retrieve some documents but is captured by the spies. Betsy goes on board to find him but is stranded on board as the ship is set adrift. Meanwhile Rollo goes to the wrong Pier and finds himself on board 'The Navigator'. He wakes up to find himself alone with Betsy on the giant ship.

The setup is a little wonky. Once the two characters are alone on the ship, they get up some good hijinx. They don't have much chemistry at first but the more wacky adventure they get into, the better they become. She's almost just as game although Keaton's physical comedy is still king. The highlight is probably the underwater work and then fighting off the cannibals. It's always funny to have a monkey.

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