Out of work, Buster tries various ways to commit suicide. At last he tries "poison" from a bottle containing booze. The president of a sporting club speaks of the need for a sportsman to promote the club and drunken Buster gets the job for which he must learn fishing, hunting and riding. Written by
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This film was considered to be Buster Keaton's major lost film until it was rediscovered in 1987. The recovered print did not have the final climactic gag; another print with the gag intact was found later on. See more »
Buster's attempt to hang himself fails because the rope isn't tied to the tree limb at all, and he falls flat on the ground. But when the cops come running over, the rope is tied tightly to the tree limb with just enough slack for Buster to stand upright. See more »
A BUSTER KEATON Silent Short.
After a spate of unusually HARD LUCK, Buster tries various imaginative ways to end his life - with no success.
This very amusing little film is really a cinematic flight of fancy rather than a sustained story. After the failed suicides comes a fishing expedition, a fox hunt and a confrontation with a Western bad guy. That Buster was able to tie it all together, however loosely, bespeaks of his growing expertise behind the camera. The final gag with the Chinese wife & kids, one of Buster's favorites, exists only in a still photograph.
Born into a family of Vaudevillian acrobats, Buster Keaton (1895-1966) mastered physical comedy at a very early age. An association with Fatty Arbuckle led to a series of highly imaginative short subjects and classic, silent feature-length films - all from 1920 to 1928. Writer, director, star & stuntman - Buster could do it all and his intuitive genius gave him almost miraculous knowledge as to the intricacies of film making and of what it took to please an audience. More akin to Fairbanks than Chaplin, Buster's films were full of splendid adventure, exciting derring-do and the most dangerous physical stunts imaginable. His theme of a little man against the world, who triumphs through bravery & ingenuity, dominates his films. Through every calamity & disaster, Buster remained the Great Stone Face, a stoic survivor in a universe gone mad.
In the late 1920's Buster was betrayed by his manager/brother-in-law and his contract was sold to MGM, which proceeded to nearly destroy his career. Teamed initially with Jimmy Durante and eventually allowed small roles in mediocre comedies, Buster was for 35 years consistently given work far beneath his talent. Finally, before lung cancer took him at age 70, he had the satisfaction of knowing that his classic films were being rediscovered. Now, well past his centenary, Buster Keaton is routinely recognized & appreciated as one of cinema's true authentic geniuses. And he knew how to make people laugh...
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