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    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (United Artists, 1928). Insert (14" X 36").
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. comes to a roaring peak with furious hurricane winds battering Buster Keaton as his small town is ravaged. Buildings and livestock fly through the air around him, and eventually, he ends up standing in front of a two-story house on the verge of collapse. Suddenly, the front facade topples straight down on Keaton. But he's unharmed because he's standing in the upper-story window opening. It's a scary moment, but as soon as it happens, we start to laugh. It is funny and terrifying at the same time. This was a real wall and Keaton certainly would have been crushed to death if he'd been standing an inch to the left or right. No wonder the cameraman covered his eyes during the one-take shot. Keaton, of course, stands stone-faced throughout and runs away to his next pratfall. This was the charm of Keaton, the acknowledged genius of silent cinema comedy. This exceptionally rare piece has never been offered by Heritage and is one of Keaton's most desirable titles. Top edge wear, faint writing in the bottom border, a light stain in the left border slightly into the art, and very small tears in the borders are the only minor signs of handling to note. Rolled, Fine/Very Fine.




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