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The Bell Boy (1918)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  18 March 1918 (USA)
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At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a ... See full summary »

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At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a runaway trolley. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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

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In the scene where Buster is dripping mop water into the guest's top hat, long and close shots show his feet in different positions. See more »

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Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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My favorite Arbuckle-Keaton so far
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film I would show to novices as an introduction to silent film. Yes, it has little plot, a few topical jokes that might need explaining, and a few bits that modern audiences might find slow (though hardly any of those). But there's nothing old-fashioned about Arbuckle, Keaton & St. John's jaw-dropping slapstick energy. (This is the first time I appreciated Al St. John, by the way.) I can understand how some people hate the Alloy Orchestra, but they really do get the zany spirit of this movie. I watched it 3 times in a row, and can't wait to buy the DVD so I can see it again.

I really don't see why IMDb is making me add more lines to my beautifully succinct review--I could describe my favorite bits, but why? You'll enjoy them much more if you discover them yourself.


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