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The Bell Boy (1918)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 18 March 1918 (USA)
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 "elevator malfunction" scene, the elevator, three sections of the elevator cable, and the horse pulling the cable move or remain stable independently of each other. See more »

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

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Arbuckle
10 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bell Boy, The (1918)

** (out of 4)

Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton play bell boy's at a lavish hotel where trouble is always happening. Not too many laughs here, although there are some good stunts involving an elevator as well as a nice scene where a bearded Satan looking guy is transformed into other people by a haircut.

Moonshine (1918)

Not Rated

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