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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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Keaton and Arbuckle destroy a hotel

This was Keaton's eighth film appearance and his eighth with Arbuckle - out of 14 collaborations. It is full of brilliant moments:

Keaton cleaning a non-existent phone booth window; Fatty's barber sequence where he turns a bearded stranger from a Rasputin into Grant, Lincoln and finally, Kaiser Wilhelm; The horse-drawn elevator and Keaton's head being stuck between floors; The rescue from the Elk's Head; Keaton's perpetual bounce off of a board; Somersaulting through a number of rooms of a bank during a foiled holdup.

Essentially it involves two halves. Arbuckle and Keaton flirting with a female guest as bellboys in a small town hotel - and their attempt with the help of Al St. John to impress her at a dance by posing as robbers and foiling their own attempts, a premise upset by the existence of real bank robbers. A bank fight ensues across three rooms and a chase with a horse drawn trolley car that eventually winds up in the lobby of the hotel.

It's all mindless slapstick fun and again Arbuckle and Keaton work seamlessly together. The actor who portrays the Rasputin character is seen in other Arbuckle works - a very tall, thin, homely man who in most cases behaves in a very effeminate manner, to which of course Arbuckle, who was most adept at drag, must mimic. Politically incorrect, but in those days everything and everyone was fair game.

The KINO print on VHS and DVD (Arbuckle and Keaton, Volume One) is a good, crisp one, but the new score by the Alloy Orchestra is terrible.


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