Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jan 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A young man gets into all kinds of trouble as he tries to get across town.
My Take on it – Ever since I saw Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1923) a few months ago, I have been interested in seeing more of Keaton’s films because he really showed me the error in my ways regarding silent film comedies.
Like Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin, the slapstick used here is really funny and I found myself laughing throughout the entire 22 minutes of this film.
I really liked the way that they played out this story because you feel so sorry for the lead character; everything he does just doesn’t seem to work, but you still can’t stop laughing.
I can’t wait to find more gems from Keaton’s filmography because the humor is so perfectly written.
Bottom Line – Another hilarious silent film from Keaton. Loved the way everything played out and you feel that every scene is perfectly done for the laughs. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Buster Keaton lights his cigarette from the lit fuse of the anarchist’s bomb is, knowingly or not, mirroring the darkest day in Harold Lloyd’s life. On 24 August 1919 he was posing for gag photographs at the Witzel Studios. He thought it would be funny to light a cigarette from the fuse of a prop anarchist’s bomb. Unfortunately the bomb proved to be real, it blew up and he lost his right thumb, index finger and 30% of his palm. In addition, he was completely blind for three months and half blind for another three. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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