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The Scarecrow (1920)

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Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.


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Complete credited cast:
Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)


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 <>

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Comedy | Short | Family


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Release Date:

22 December 1920 (USA)  »

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(1995 Film Preservation print)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Farmhand: I don't care how she votes, I'm going to marry her!
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Edited into American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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One of Buster Keaton's greatest silent shorts...
30 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Scarecrow is one of Buster Keaton's greatest silent shorts. In twenty minutes it catches us up in rapture, filled with cheer, humor, romance good nature, and a true and innocent sense of small town farm life. The film contains some of Keaton's most incredible acrobatics as he runs around on top of a ten-foot brick wall, handstands his way through a river of mud to avoid getting his clothes dirty (he, of course, falls in some mud once he gets to the end of the muddy river), is chased by a dog (the payoff of the chase scene is one of the funniest gags in any silent comedy, a brilliant satire of the way silent clowns insist on creating trouble for themselves), and on and on and on and on. As the film is almost coming to a close, Keaton is about to be married. But the film is not done with us yet; instead of merely watching the couple ride off into the sunset, Keaton boldly follows them to the sunset as the two get married on a speeding motorbike. For twenty minutes, I forgot about the time I wasted watching Go West.

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