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The Paleface (1922)

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

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

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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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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The film was restored in 2015 through Lobster Films, a process partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. See more »

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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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The Indian Chief: White man say we must leave.
Little Chief Paleface: Us Indians must stick together.
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Mr. Keaton Brings Home The Wampum
27 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

A BUSTER KEATON Silent Short. Cheated of their land grant by unscrupulous white men, the members of an Indian tribe vow to murder THE PALEFACE who next enters their village - and here comes butterfly collecting Buster... Keaton delivers more elaborate chase sequences in this slightly racist, but still very funny, little film. Once again, some of Buster's stunts make the viewer wonder what kept him from busting his neck. Big Joe Roberts plays the beefy Indian Chief. Born into a family of Vaudevillian acrobats, Buster Keaton (1895-1966) mastered physical comedy at a very early age. An association with Fatty Arbuckle led to a series of highly imaginative short subjects and classic, silent feature-length films - all from 1920 to 1928. Writer, director, star & stuntman - Buster could do it all and his intuitive genius gave him almost miraculous knowledge as to the intricacies of film making and of what it took to please an audience. More akin to Fairbanks than Chaplin, Buster's films were full of splendid adventure, exciting derring-do and the most dangerous physical stunts imaginable. His theme of a little man against the world, who triumphs through bravery & ingenuity, dominates his films. Through every calamity & disaster, Buster remained the Great Stone Face, a stoic survivor in a universe gone mad. In the late 1920's Buster was betrayed by his manager/brother-in-law and his contract was sold to MGM, which proceeded to nearly destroy his career. Teamed initially with Jimmy Durante and eventually allowed small roles in mediocre comedies, Buster was for 35 years consistently given work far beneath his talent. Finally, before lung cancer took him at age 70, he had the satisfaction of knowing that his classic films were being rediscovered. Now, well past his centenary, Buster Keaton is routinely recognized & appreciated as one of cinema's true authentic geniuses. And he knew how to make people laugh...


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