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Hard Luck (1921)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  14 March 1921 (USA)
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Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life.

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Out of work, Buster tries various ways to commit suicide. At last he tries "poison" from a bottle containing booze. The president of a sporting club speaks of the need for a sportsman to promote the club and drunken Buster gets the job for which he must learn fishing, hunting and riding. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Buster cuts the rope men are using to lift a safe, but after the safe falls, the rope attached to the safe is too short to have reached the men who were pulling on it. See more »

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Final Scenes of "Hard Luck" DO EXIST!!!! And it's on Kino DVD!!!
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Slight correction for the previous review (though admittedly it came before the actual discovery). The long-lost missing scenes (Keaton walloping the cement in the pool-dive sequence, his return with Chinese wife and child, both cute BTW) WERE found in a French archive (will have to check which one), albeit in terrible-but-watchable shape, and were restored on a special compilation DVD of Keaton rarities (home movies, TV appearances, cameos, and some restored films, including the missing scenes from "Daydreams").

The title is "Keaton Plus"...I found it circulating in the Buffalo Public Library. Not sure of the date, but would probably be between 2001 to 2004. And yes, it's released by Kino Video (in association with the Rohauer and Keaton estates, etc.) It's gratifying to know that the cherry on the top of Keaton's fantastic cinema career in the 20s has survived (barely, but serviceable), and it's a short, sweet coda for such a majestic American comedy talent.


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