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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21 July 1922 (USA)  »

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

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Village Smitty and his assistant
6 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This 1922 short subject for First National Pictures finds Buster Keaton as the assistant to blacksmith Joe Roberts. Although by 1922 the horseless carriage had taken over the big city, you could still find a shop like this one in the hinterlands.

In fact Keaton does seek to keep up with the times and also tries to repair a car with hilarious results though not for the car owner.

Best gag in the film was the giant horseshoe over the shop which acts as a magnet grabbing everything metallic near it.

If blacksmith's like Buster were the future of the trade good thing the automobile was invented when it was.


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