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The Play House (1921)

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
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Audience / Orchestra / Mr. Brown - First Minstrel / Second Minstrel / Stagehand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

6 October 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

| (2005 DVD release) | (1995 Film Preservation Associates print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this short Buster Keaton took credit for every part and job, including editor, director, writer, cameraman etc. This was an allusion to Thomas H. Ince's (the "inventor" of the Western) reputation for doing this. See more »

Goofs

Elegant Elderly Lady Buster Keaton is wearing long evening gloves, but when she reaches down to pick the lollipop off her lap, she is not wearing gloves. See more »

Quotes

Interactor: Mr. Brown, I understand you had a cyclone in your town.
Mr. Brown /First Minstrel: Yes, sir, the wind blew so hard it blew a silver dollar into four quarters.
Second Minstrel: That nothing. The wind blew so hard it blew a wart off a man's nose and broke a window two blocks away.
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Connections

Featured in Fractured Flickers: Episode #1.19 (1963) See more »

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Awfully lots of Keatons

Buster Keaton goes to the theater and sees the stage full of Keatons. In The Playhouse from 1921 Buster plays not only the actors, but also members of the audience (including women and one kid), staff members and even a monkey. And he also has time to fall in love with a girl (Virginia Fox). The only problem is that she has a twin sister, and he has hard time telling which is which. This silent short made me laugh more than once. Buster as the monkey is something hilarious. And when Buster puts off a beard fire with an axe! This movie is a fine proof of Keaton's talents. He was truly a master in physical comedy. And what a fine example of movie magic- the 1920's style- this movie is. In the minstrel show you see nine Keatons on stage. That's really something!


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