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The Scarecrow (1920)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short, Family | 22 December 1920 (USA)
Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

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(as Eddie Cline), (as "Buster" Keaton)

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(as "Buster" Keaton), (as Eddie Cline)
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Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Farmhands Keaton and Roberts share a cottage full of mechanical devices for making life easy. They are rivals for the farmer's daughter. Keaton , disguised as a scarecrow, causes troubles for his rival and the farmer. When Keaton stoops to tie his shoe, the girl accepts what she thinks is his kneeling proposal. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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22 December 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buster Keatons Trauung mit Hindernissen  »

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(1995 Film Preservation print) | (original)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Buster Keaton's father Joe Keaton plays the role of the farmer. See more »

Goofs

Keaton, being chased by a dog, jumps into a large pile of straw. Shortly after that, there's a noticeable cut because a substantial amount of straw is missing from the middle after the edit. See more »

Quotes

Farmhand's Roommate: He's running away to get married with your horse.
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Edited into American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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So Far, My Favorite Keaton 'Short'
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love chase scenes, this Buster Keaton short is for you! Before any chases, however, we see Buster and his roommate, Big Joe Roberts, as they get ready for breakfast, eat it with the aid of a very clever pulley system (you have to see this to believe it) and then clean up. The big one-room house is nothing but gadgets and they are all fun to see.

Then Buster thinks a small "mad dog" is chasing him and the two go round and round both outside and inside the house, and even around the tops of a brick wall. It's clever and fast-moving slapstick.

Buster then winds up being chased by the father of the female (Sybil Sealey) that both he and Joe are enamored with. After that short chase, in which Buster disguises himself as a scarecrow, he winds up getting Joe and the father fighting each other. When they discover Buster is the culprit behind that, they both take out after Keaton....and on and on it goes, with Sybil joining in......overall, a tremendous 19 minutes of sight gags, slapstick and general mayhem.

I'd have to rank this as one of the most entertaining, if not THE most entertaining silent movie short subjects I have ever watched....at least to this point. I still have more to see.


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