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Back Stage (1919)

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Roscoe and Buster are working at a vaudeville house. When the crew attacks the strongman for bullying his assistant, the man goes out on strike so the crew puts on a show. When the ... See full summary »

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Charles A. Post ...
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Roscoe and Buster are working at a vaudeville house. When the crew attacks the strongman for bullying his assistant, the man goes out on strike so the crew puts on a show. When the strongman starts shooting from the balcony, Buster rigs a swing, picks him up, and takes him to the stage where is again subdued. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Strongman's Assistant: [the act quits, to Buster and Fatty] Why don't we do our own show? You guys know all the lines.
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One of the Very Best Arbuckle/Keaton Comedies
15 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is one of the very best of the Arbuckle/Keaton short features, and there are a lot of good reasons to watch it. Most of the comedy material works very well, and it has some very creative gag ideas, along with some excellent stunt work added in.

The setting, with Fatty and Buster working "Back Stage" for a vaudeville show, lends itself well to humor and variety, and this setting is quite interesting in its own right. If you watch closely, you'll also notice a number of gags used here that Keaton later refined and used to even greater effect later in some of his own short features.

There are several good sequences, and they provide a good showcase for both Arbuckle and Keaton to display their considerable array of comic talents. Al St. John and the rest of the supporting cast also get a couple of good moments. It's great comedy, and a lot of fun to watch.


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