It is not possible to present a coherent resume of the myriad inspired touches that make THE BOAT a classic of its kind. Buster Keaton who is credited with authorship of the story, must have consulted the Navy Department and made note of every possible befall a vessel plying the high seas. He then incorporated the entire list into his scenario. All of the laughmakers are there – the life preserver that sinks like a rock, the anchor that floats away on the crest of the waves, the lifeboat made from an abandoned bath tub, and a wireless apparatus that seems to be principally useful to attract stray flashes of lightning! There has never been a funnier one.
The Washington Post, November 28, 1921
Following this film will be presented ATLANTIS