“The Navigator” is a silent comedy film released in 1924 and directed by Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton. The movie stars Buster Keaton as Rollo Treadway, a wealthy young man who sets out to impress his love interest Betsy O’Brien, played by Kathryn McGuire.
The movie begins with Rollo discovering that Betsy has rejected his marriage proposal. Determined to win her heart, Rollo decides to embark on a trip around the world, but instead of traveling by ship with a large crew, he sets out with just himself and his trusty servant, played by Frederick Vroom.
After a series of mishaps and misadventures, Rollo and his servant end up stranded on a deserted ship, the Navigator. They soon realize that the ship has been taken over by a group of anarchists who plan to use it to attack New York City.
With no experience at sea, Rollo and his servant must figure out how to operate the ship and stop the anarchists from carrying out their plan. Along the way, they encounter a number of obstacles and challenges, including a stormy sea, a giant octopus, and a malfunctioning diving suit.
In the end, Rollo and his servant are able to stop the anarchists and bring the ship safely back to port. Rollo also finally wins Betsy’s heart, and they decide to get married. The movie ends with Rollo and Betsy sailing off into the sunset on the Navigator.
Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
Clyde Bruckman, Joseph A. Mitchell, Jean C. Havez
Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom