An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
After her husband John McKay is killed in an ongoing feud with the Canfield family, a woman takes her baby boy Willie to her sister's house in New York hoping he will never know of the feud with the Canfields. Twenty years later Willie is a grown man and he receives a letter saying he has inherited his father's estate and must travel to his family home to take possession. On the train there he meets a beautiful young woman and falls in love only to learn that she's a Canfield. He accepts her invitation to dinner and quickly realizes that the Canfield men won't kill him while he's in their home. His plan to stay there as a permanent guest is short-lived and the Canfields are soon after him.Written by
Final film of Joe Roberts, Buster Keaton's career "heavy". "Big Joe" suffered a stroke during the filming, and was hospitalized. He insisted on returning to work, however, and died very shortly after the end of filming. See more »
When the donkey refuses to move from the rail tracks, the engineer and others curve the tracks around him. The long shot that shows the train moving past the donkey, however, shows the tracks back in a straight line. See more »
In 1995, Film Preservation Associates, Inc. copyrighted a 73-minute version of this film with a music score compiled by Donald Hunsberger. See more »
For a 1923 film on the early 1800's, Buster does a great deal of poking fun at a changing America. For starters, Keaton shows what Time Square looked like before there was any traffic. Two dirt roads that connect at the square. An early invention called the peddle less bicycle is made a joke as Buster attempts to take a ride on it to town. And if that's not funny enough, we see an early train ride (Unlike the General) where the train only fits ten since its only made up of buggies without the horses.
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