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The Butcher Boy (1917)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  23 April 1917 (USA)
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Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

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Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

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One of the few films in which Buster Keaton smiles. See more »

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Buster drops a bucket of molasses on the floor, but as soon as he leaves the store both the bucket and the molasses puddle are gone. See more »

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Title card: Buster wants some molasses.
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Buster Keaton's film debut
5 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The early two reelers of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and his young apprentice Buster Keaton offer a rare opportunity to glimpse the genesis of Keaton's soon to become indelible comic persona, but beyond their not inconsiderable academic interest each is also a lot of fun. When they first met, Arbuckle was an established star while Keaton was only a vaudeville performer with little knowledge of the embryonic movie business, but all that changed when Fatty invited him onto the set of 'The Butcher Boy', and from their first moment on screen together the rapport between the two comedians is instantly apparent. Neither makes any attempt to out-stage the other and their talents are remarkably well matched, with Arbuckle the rotund but surprisingly graceful lead and Keaton (among others) as the acrobatic foil who took the pratfalls. Like all the early Arbuckle/Keaton comedies, 'The Butcher Boy' is loose, unstructured, unsophisticated, spontaneous, primitive, completely informal, and made in the same fun spirit in which they were meant to be seen.


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