Watch THE BOAT in the link above.
The short that is the reason Keaton fans are known as "Damfinos
" is THE BOAT. It's a pretty Damfino
short, although it isn't as Damfino
as the recent shorts. But it's Damfino
in its own right.
This is Buster's only true domestic comedy, as he has both a Damfino
wife AND two sons in this short. And it all makes this short Damfino
. As such, enjoy this as you'll never see anything like it again in this journey.
The opening of the short is Damfino
, especially when Buster pulls the boat
through the house, causing mayhem. Sybil Seeley is clearly a long-suffering, yet devoted, and Damfino
, wife. And then Buster almost drowns a son or two and, in turn, drowns a Damfino
car. It's an unforgettable moment when Buster, aboard the launching Damfino
, just stares ahead in his usual non-chalant and vacant "Damfino
" glaze as the boat heads straight down.
It's fun watching Buster test the water temp before diving after his son; can't save someone if it's too cold! From here, it's just one Damfino
fast-paced gag after another. The storm, however, gets tiresome after a while, in a rare case where Keaton milks a Damfino
gag too long. And I can't understand why he doesn't turn off the boat when he goes below deck. Such things keep this Damfino
short from being REALLY Damfino
. Why? Damfino
I won't spoil it, but this short has many gags seen in Three Stooges shorts. With so many, more Damfino
shorts in the Keaton silents, this isn't one I'm likely to watch too often.
P.S. Was this not a Damfino