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The Blacksmith (1922)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  21 July 1922 (USA)
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Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

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Buster clowns around in a blacksmith's shop until he and the smithy get in a fight which sends the smithy to jail. Buster helps several customers with horses, then destroys a Rolls Royce while fixing the car parked next to it. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In June 2013, Argentine film historian Fernando Martín Peña discovered strikingly different version of this film in colleague, collector Fabio Manes collection. This version was printed on 9.5 mm and had French intertitles. The discovery was announced in Variety on July 16, 2013. See more »

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9 November 2013 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

I liked Silent comedy when I was about 11. Charlie Chaplin was my favourite but at the time I liked this one also. I haven't seen that many Buster Keaton films but I didn't really like this short.

So the plot is that A Blacksmith's Assistant (Keaton) has a misunderstanding with his aggressive boss that ends up with the boss getting arrested. He then has to run the shop while also causing a great mess to everyone who walks in.

So I can get past the thin plot but what I can't get past is that I think there is a difference between being funny and causing a mess. Accidentally getting oiled hand-prints on a horse isn't funny, unintentionally destroying someone's car isn't funny and causing someone to fall off their horse isn't funny. One of the things I did find funny was that magnet routine that got the boss arrested along with the scene where a little boy's balloon is used to hold up a car and then the boy slingshots it. That was funny because someone was in misery.

With all this said, I do want to see more of Buster Keaton. In this he does look like he's trying to pull something off. It doesn't really work but I respect that he's trying. I just didn't like this movie because the one schtick that's running throughout this movie is that he causes a mess and we never see the person's reaction to it. We saw other people's reaction to it, but we never saw the actual people's reaction to it. So I'm not disliking Buster Keaton here, All I'm saying is that I see some potential that didn't really deliver in this film.

So I think that this isn't that bad but that is faint praise. I mean I do like that at least it was the short version (I've heard there is one that runs for 2 hours and continues after this film ends) and there were some things that were funny. I just think that this could have been better than what it is, and don't not like this review because you might get the impression I don't like silent comedy - I do. I just have seen much better from it that I hoped this movie could have delivered.


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