Buster goes away to the city to prove to his girl's father he can succeed. He writes her of his various jobs which she glorifies in her imagination. She sees a surgeon, he is a vet's assistant; she sees him cleaning up on Wall Street, he's really a janitor. Written by
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Although existing prints are incomplete with such scenes as Buster Keaton working in a hospital etc remaining lost, however, a scene in which Renée Adorée imagines Keaton to be a policeman have been rediscovered and restored and is presented as an extra on the Keaton Plus DVD available from Kino. See more »
This short comedy has some great scenes, and it's enjoyable even though it apparently survives only in a somewhat fragmented form. The setup allows for some imaginative gags, and Renée Adorée helps out, playing the girlfriend of Keaton's character.
The story has Buster trying his hand at various professions in order to prove himself to his girl's father, getting himself into a series of comic situations each time. There are several routine stretches, but there is also a great chase sequence in the last half, which has many inventive details and that must have required some very meticulous planning. It's similar to some of Keaton's other memorably exaggerated chase setups, and it's a lot of fun to watch.
Fans of Keaton should find this well worth watching, even though you must accept many imperfections in the print in order to see it.
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