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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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Short | Comedy | Western

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January 1922 (USA)  »

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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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In the external scene of the cabin, smoke is coming from the chimney. In the interior scene, there is no fire in the fireplace. See more »

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Little Chief Paleface: Me like Indian squab.
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Pretty Good Short Comedy
31 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

While this is only an average comedy by Keaton's standards, it's still pretty good by most other measures. It does not have the vast wealth of inventive material found in Keaton's best short features, but it has plenty of slapstick and good gags, with some chases thrown in.

The story concerns Buster encountering a tribe of Indians who have been swindled out of their land by an oil company, and who are ready to take it out on the first outsider to enter their village. The Indians are portrayed in an occasionally silly but definitely sympathetic light. The funniest moments probably come in the earliest confrontations between Buster and the Indians.

This one is probably of interest primarily to those who are already Keaton fans, but at that it's pretty good.


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