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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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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

Buster Keatons Trauung mit Hindernissen  »

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(1995 Film Preservation print) | (original)

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

Goofs

Buster lands on his back in the water after crossing the stream, but he is dry a moment later when he encounters Sybil. See more »

Quotes

Farmhand: Set the table.
Farmhand's Roommate: Hurry up! My stomach is as empty as a saloon.
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Referenced in Nosferatu (1922) See more »

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A near perfect work.
6 March 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is a marvelous work of comedy, perhaps one of the very finest of all short comedic films. The ingenuity of Keaton is endless as we see him and his roommate eating breakfast. The dual function of common household objects is incredible. Other stand-out scenes are those with the dog and Keaton as the scarecrow. Although this short work consists of a series of segmented scenes, there is still a fluidity that is quite pleasing. I introduced this work to a couple of teenagers. No complaints about black and white, no objections to its lack of talking. Just laughter and more laughter. `The Scarecrow' is a masterpiece.


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