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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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The gleaming Rolls-Royce which is destroyed in the film was reportedly a wedding present given to Buster Keaton by his in-laws. By the time this film was made, relations with them had soured considerably. See more »

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Inventive Keaton short built on previous Arbuckle collaboration
22 April 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is one of Buster's most inventive shorts, built as it is on his earlier collaboration with Arbuckle, THE GARAGE. There are many inventive sight gags here: the horseshoe emblem over the garage door acting as a magnet to hammers, a wheel, a sheriff's badge and a pistol; the selection of new shoes for a horse with Buster treating the horse as if he were a human customer being shown style after style with horse shaking its head no; the utter accidental destruction of a beautiful car (in reality one given him by relatives he no longer liked), an early premonition of his STEAMBOAT BILL JR. joke with a car door falling on him and he being spared by standing in the exact spot the open window lands; and finally the last shot of the blissful couple surrounded by a bevy of children (hinting at his more bitter ending for his later 1927 feature, COLLEGE).

Kino's print is in good condition for its First National origin. Music is a player piano with xylophone and musical effects. There is some nitrate deterioration noted in the print.


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