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Convict 13 (1920)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  27 October 1920 (USA)
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A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

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Complete credited cast:
Golfer Turned Prisoner, Guard
Sybil Seely ...
Socialite, Warden's Daughter
Joe Roberts ...
The Crazed Prisoner
Edward F. Cline ...
Joe Keaton ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise Keaton


Buster is playing golf with Sybil when he gets knocked out. An escaped prisoner changes clothes with him. Buster goes to prison and learns that he is to be hanged. He changes clothes with a guard just as prisoner Roberts attacks all the guards. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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14 January 2006 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

I've seen better Buster Keaton short films, but this one still manages to portray the rather dreary fate of a man who finds himself in prison because an escaped convict switched clothes with him after he knocked himself unconscious with a golf ball. His is ultimately to be hung, and I think the film deserves respect for keeping you laughing even while a man gets a noose wrapped around his neck. The story involves Keaton's efforts to escape from the prison, oppressed at first by the prison guards holding him prisoner and then by a massive behemoth of a convict, who takes control of the small prison by knocking out all of the guards with a sledge hammer (in a rather entertaining sequence where he smacks them all one by one and they pile up like the police cars in Blues Brothers 2000) at right about the same time that Keaton manages to switch clothes with one of them in order to help himself escape. Lots of clever slapstick gags, some of which may have influenced Chaplin's work in Pay Day, made a couple years later, make this an entertaining short from one of the giants of silent film comedy.

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