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Buster Keaton (written by)
Edward F. Cline (written by)
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Release Date:
November 1922 (USA) See more »
A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... The Young Man

Renée Adorée ... The Girl (as Renee Adoree)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward F. Cline ... The Theater Director (uncredited)

Joe Keaton ... The Girl's Father (uncredited)

Joe Roberts ... The Mayor (uncredited)
George Rowe ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward F. Cline  (as Eddie Cline)
Buster Keaton  (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle  story (uncredited)
Edward F. Cline  written by (as Eddie Cline)
Buster Keaton  written by (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Jeffrey Vance  titles (1995 edition)

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Elgin Lessley (uncredited)
Editorial Department
D.C. Cardinali .... colorist: remastered hd version: new version (uncredited)
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Fred Gabourie .... technical director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Day Dreams" - USA (original title)
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Argentina:19 min | Spain:17 min | 23 min (extant print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The chase for this film was shot in San Francisco, far from Buster Keaton's Los Angeles studio. Historians suggest that Keaton wanted to be close to his friend Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle who was on trial there for the murder of Virginia Rappe.See more »
The Young Man:I've come to ask for your daughter's hand in marriage.
The Girls Father:How will you support her?
The Young Man:I don't know. I'll leave for the city to make good. If I'm not a success, I'll come back and shoot myself.
The Girls Father:Splendid. I'll lend you my revolver.
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Referenced in The Great Stone Face (1968)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Second-rate Keaton, 6 March 2006
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

"Daydreams" is basically a collection of sketches, book-ended by an opening and closing pair of scenes. As such, it has something of the perfunctory feel of a 'compilation episode': the storyline, inasmuch as there is one, consists of Buster exaggerating the status of, trying and failing at a series of lowly jobs, but while the individual episodes vary in humour, they never build into anything greater than the sum of their (rather brief) parts. Films like "Hard Luck" or "The Balloonatic" have the merit of a reasonably coherent progression from one somewhat arbitrary encounter to the next; this one is constrained by the necessity of cutting back to the framing structure, which deprives it of that vital illusion of logic. Whether as a consequence of this or not, the result is not nearly so funny. (The best sequence is possibly a battered Buster's arrival back on the doorstep of his beloved... at the hands of the US Postal Service!)

For fans, this is worth watching as ever just in order to see Buster in action, and there are certainly laughs to be had; but it offers little human interest -- this is Inept Buster without the customary redeeming turning of the tables -- and suffers from a lack of his usual narrative inspiration. The humour tends in places towards simple slapstick (Buster squirts a hose, people get wet) rather than the inspired second-guessing of audience expectations at which he excels. The funniest concepts (disguising himself as an inert shopkeeper's dummy, keeping pace exactly with his pursuers) are echoed in more successful comedies, and sadly the famous paddle-wheel clip is really less impressive when actually seen in the context of the slender plot. This comedy is inoffensive, but not really a showcase for Keaton's abilities; unlikely to win over any converts, perhaps.

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