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The Goat (1921)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 15 May 1921 (USA)
A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy.

Directors:

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)

Writers:

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Goat
Virginia Fox Virginia Fox ... The Police Chief's Daughter
Joe Roberts ... Police Chief
Malcolm St. Clair ... Dead Shot Dan (as Mal St. Clair)
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Storyline

After missing out on a fresh loaf of bread, down-on-his-luck, Buster, finds himself pursued by three policemen hot on his trail. However, to make matters worse, just when the lawless murderer, Dead Shot Dan, is about to have his mug shot taken, an innocent but fatal mistake will put a price on Buster's head. Now, with a "Dead or Alive" poster all over town, Buster will seek refuge in beautiful and sympathetic Virginia's home, only to come face to face with his worst fear. Will innocent Buster ever get off the hook? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cabra See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The film was restored in 2015 through Lobster Films, a process partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Funny Men: Part 1 (1963) See more »

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One of Keaton's two best shorts
28 July 2000 | by rlendogSee all my reviews

Along with Cops, The Goat is one of Keaton's two funniest shorts. Which makes it one of the best shorts ever made. This has an decent "plot" for a short, and it forms a perfect line on which to hang some great gags. Keaton is mistaken for an escaped convict (how the mistake happens is a classic) and then must elude the authorities. Best gags - the bread line and t he "elevator".


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