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The Bell Boy (1918)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Two Great Comics in Fine Form
7 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

'Fatty' and Buster are both in fine form in this short feature. It has a couple slow stretches, and many of the scenes are only loosely connected, but it more than makes up for that with some great sequences. The duo of great comics are working as bellboys in a hotel, and they get involved in quite a few scrapes in just half an hour. There are a couple of great gadgets in the hotel that remind you of some of Keaton's later short features, and they get a lot of mileage from them. Watch also for a funny scene where 'Fatty' fills in as a barber. This is old-fashioned manic slapstick, quite unrefined, but if you're a fan of Arbuckle and/or Keaton, it's great stuff.


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