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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.

Directors:

(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

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: [to the dog] Friends?
[shakes the dog's paw]
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Referenced in I Can Hardly Wait (1943) See more »

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This Scarecrow had the smarts.
7 May 2003 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

Story of two farmhand roommates, living in a flat that only Rube Goldberg could have come up with, who are vying for the attention of the farmer's daughter, while Buster's character has to fend off his roommate (Joe Roberts looking very much like Fatty Arbuckle), the girl's father, and father's dog (which actually belonged to Arbuckle). That's pretty much the plot, but the sightgags are what make the short really work. The breakfast scene, with the aforementioned Goldberg setting, is pure genius. A very good production all around and ranks as one of Keaton's best. Rating, based on shorts, 10.


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