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Jail Bait (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 8 January 1937 (USA)
Buster agrees to pose as a murderer to throw off the police while his room mate, a reporter, searches for the real killer.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writer:

Paul Girard Smith (story) (as Paul Gerard Smith)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Buster Keaton ... Office Boy
Harold Goodwin ... Newspaper Reporter
Matthew Betz ... Sawed-Off Madison (as Mathew Betz)
Bud Jamison ... Police Chief
Betty André Betty André ... The Girl (as Betty Andre)
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Storyline

The police are baffled by a case of kidnapping and murder, and they have no clues to go on. A reporter is convinced that the crime was committed by the notorious criminal Sawed-Off Madison. The reporter asks his roommate, an office boy at his newspaper, to confess to the crime, in order to throw off the police so that the reporter can capture the criminal himself. The office boy agrees to the plan, but things do not work out as they two of them had hoped. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esca per la prigione See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: Educational Pictures THE SPICE OF THE PROGRAM. See more »

Connections

Remade as Heather and Yon (1944) See more »

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Almost Vintage
21 March 2010 | by frankebeSee all my reviews

I think this is an excellent Keaton short, equivalent of "The Chemist" and "The Gold Ghost", the other two Educational Keaton films I like the most (I know, I know, everyone thinks "Grand Slam Opera" is the best but me...). What helps enormously is the crisp and clear picture quality afforded us on the KEATON PLUS DVD put out by Kino in 2001. I have read many complaints about this series of Keaton movies being "poverty row" efforts, and that they have a depressed and defeated look to them. Well, if we could get ALL the Educational films restored this way, the comedy could sparkle a bit more and the movies would feel less grungy. This is a great example.


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