A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Buster is thrown off a train near an amusement park. There he gets a job in a shooting gallery run by the Blinking Buzzards mob. Ordered to kill a businessman, he winds up protecting the man and his daughter by outfitting their home with trick devices. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Buster Keaton's first independent two-reeler. He didn't consider it funny enough and had it shelved upon its completion in 1920. It was released the following year when his film output was slowed by a broken leg. See more »

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Leader of Buzzards: Do you know the nature of an oath?
Our Hero: Yes. I play golf.
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One of Keaton's funniest shorts
31 May 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This Metro short is one of Keaton's most inspired. Two long sequences, involving respectively a shooting gallery and a house full of trap doors are the two outstanding items here, but it is full of inventiveness.

Gems include: the ever unfolding newspaper, the set up with the dog and bone to make the gong ring, painting a hook and then hanging his jacket and hat on it; and the minute long sequence told in full view of all rooms of a two story house with non stop action where Buster is chased through an ingenious series of false and trap doors. Although it only lasts a minute, this seems to go on wonderfully for much longer.

Totally inspired madness. Kino's print offers a full orchestral score and sound effects.

Don't miss this one.


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