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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)

Writers:

(as "Buster" Keaton), (as Eddie Cline)
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Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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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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Comedy | Short | Family

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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

Both Sybil's father and Joe get totally soaked after falling into the stream, but moments later when they are chasing Buster and Sybil, they are totally dry. 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 I Can Hardly Wait (1943) See more »

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Buster and Sybil on the farm
22 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Buster Keaton's early short films, The Scarecrow (1920) is brimming with youthful energy and silly fun. Keaton shares the screen with Big Joe Roberts and Sybil Seely.

Seely was nothing less than Keaton's finest leading lady, charming and spunky. She was a comic partner, not a "breathing prop" as Keaton's female co-stars are often stereotyped as being. It's a shame she and Keaton never starred in a feature film together, but at least we've got four shorts of them, so I won't complain. (Not too much anyway, ha!) But yeah, lots of cute stuff, like the rigged hut Buster and Joe share, or the wedding held on the motorcycle. For those who encounter pseudo-intellectuals who think Buster Keaton was all solemn and bleak and Kafka-esque, the sunshine of The Scarecrow should shut them up quickly. The man was plain funny.


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