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The Navigator
Director: Donald Crisp (Dir)
Release Date:   13 Oct 1924
Duration (in feet):   5,600
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Buster Keaton (Buster [The Sap])  
    Kathryn McGuire (Betsy [The Girl])  
    Frederick Vroom (Her Father)  
    Noble Johnson (Gangster, cannibal, spy, etc.)  
    Clarence Burton (Gangster, cannibal, spy, etc.)  
    H. M. Clugston (Gangster, cannibal, spy, etc.)  

Summary: When the Sap, a wealthy young man, sees a black couple in an affectionate embrace, he determines to marry right away. After the wealthy girl who lives across the street refuses him, he decides to take a sea voyage to Honolulu. Following a series of misadventures, the Sap and the girl wind up adrift on the deserted ship and initially find it difficult to fend for themselves. They eventually are able to care for themselves, and after weeks adrift arrive at an island inhabitated by cannibals. The girl is kidnapped by the cannibals, but the boy rescues her by frightening the cannibals by appearing in a diving suit. They are eventually rescued by a submarine and share their first kiss. 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.  
Director: Donald Crisp (Dir)
  Buster Keaton (Dir)
Producer: Joseph M. Schenck (Pres)
Writer: Clyde Bruckman (Story)
  Joseph Mitchell (Story)
  Jean Havez (Story)
  Clyde Bruckman (Art titles)
  Joseph Mitchell (Art titles)
  Jean Havez (Art titles)
Photography: Elgin Lessley (Dir of photog)
  Byron Houck (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Fred Gabourie (Tech dir)
Production Misc: Denver Harmon (Elec)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn Pictures 14/10/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP20689

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Divers and diving
  Sea monsters
  Submarine boats


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   7 Sep 24   
MPW   13 Sep 1924   p. 159.
New York Times   13 Oct 1924   p. 21.
Photoplay   Dec 1924   p. 50.
Variety   15 Oct 24   p. 27.

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