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Buster Keaton Double Feature DVD

STEAMBOAT BILL, Jr.

Buster Keaton plays a foppish college boy who returns home to visit his riverboat captain father who disapproves of Keaton's effete ways, in this silent comedy. Dad tries to teach his reluctant son the business, but matters really come to a head when Keaton falls for the daughter of his father's archrival, his dad gets arrested, and a hurricane approaches. Classic Keaton gags abound, including the famous falling housefront scene. Ernest Torrence and Marion Byron co-star. 70 min. Silent with music score.

Plus...THE GENERAL
Based on an actual Civil War event, Keaton plays a Southern railroad engineer whose beloved train is hijacked by Union forces. His rescue of both leads to a classic locomotive chase and some hilarious stunts. Silent with music score.

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Steamboats: The Fall River Line

This video documents the history of the premiere steamboat line in America, made famous by its elegance, grace and superior service. For 90 years, the sophisticated way to travel between New York and Boston, or to head for a summer vacation in Newport, was by costal steamer.

Complete with still photographs, interviews and rare footage this video paints a picture of a bygone age, when the way you traveled was just as important as getting there.

57 minutes DVD

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SS United States, Lady In Waiting

By Big Ship Films, LLC

Designed to serve as a secret weapon in the cold war, disguised as a luxurious passenger liner, the SS United States was the pride of America during her flawless service career from 1952 to 1969.

The brainchild of United States Lines president, John M. Franklin, and the 20th Century's preeminent naval architect, William Francis Gibbs, this completely fireproof ship was the largest passenger vessel ever constructed in the U.S., and it remains the record-holding speed champion of the North Atlantic.

DVD Widescreen format includes more than 30 minutes of special bonus features, deleted scenes, and more.

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Steamboats: On the Hudson

For more than 150 years, steamboats carried passengers and freight in both daytime and nightly service between New York and Albany and numberous river communities in between.  This video uses still photographs and rarely seen film footage to document the evolution of steam vessels on the Hudson, from the 1800s up to the final trip of the steamer Alexander Hamilton in 1972. 

DVD; 60 minutes; 2004.

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