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The Paleface (1922)

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Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

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Evil oil barons have given the Indians one day to vacate their land. The Indian chief tells his braves to kill the first white man they see. Buster shows up chasing a butterfly. Later he keeps moving the stake to which he is tied and at which he is to be burned. He becomes one of the tribe and helps them with their fight. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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On the handwritten note, the land shark's name is "J.C. Hunt" but on the office door, it's "D.J. Hunt". See more »

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Little Chief Paleface: If my tribe don't get what's coming to them, you will!
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Another Good Keaton Short
3 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Buster Keaton short didn't have a ton of laughs but it had enough to suit me. The gist of the story is an Indian tribe getting their land taken from them by corrupt oil men and Buster getting it back for them.

Along the way, he proves himself to be a superhuman "god" by surviving being burned at the stake. (A fire-proof asbestos suit did the trick!) Later, he's involved in warring tribes. Through a decent portion of the film, he is being chased by either of the tribes. Chase scenes are always funny and these in this movie are no exception. Some of these sight gags elicit hardy laughs. In the end, Buster not only saves the Indians' land but gets a pretty "squab," too!

This is good slapstick and another example of why some people - me included - think Keaton's short movies, generally speaking, were better than his feature films. Some reviewers here label this one "cute and silly" and I would agree with that.


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