Buster goes away to the city to prove to his girl's father he can succeed. He writes her of his various jobs which she glorifies in her imagination. She sees a surgeon, he is a vet's assistant; she sees him cleaning up on Wall Street, he's really a janitor. Written by
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The only film in which Buster Keaton cast Renée Adorée as his leading lady. Adorée was then a minor starlet at Fox Films, years before she won fame at MGM with The Big Parade (1925). Keaton reportedly made an uncredited cameo appearance in the 1929 MGM feature Tide of Empire (1929), starring Adorée. See more »
This short comedy has some great scenes, and it's enjoyable even though it apparently survives only in a somewhat fragmented form. The setup allows for some imaginative gags, and Renée Adorée helps out, playing the girlfriend of Keaton's character.
The story has Buster trying his hand at various professions in order to prove himself to his girl's father, getting himself into a series of comic situations each time. There are several routine stretches, but there is also a great chase sequence in the last half, which has many inventive details and that must have required some very meticulous planning. It's similar to some of Keaton's other memorably exaggerated chase setups, and it's a lot of fun to watch.
Fans of Keaton should find this well worth watching, even though you must accept many imperfections in the print in order to see it.
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