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The Frozen North (1922)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  28 August 1922 (USA)
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Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.

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This satirical parody of William S. Hart's melodramatic films finds Buster in the frozen north, "last stop on the subway." He uses a wanted poster as his partner in robbing a gambling house. When he thinks he spies his wife making love to another man he shoots them both only to learn it isn't his cabin after all. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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His life was in danger-a gang of Alaskan roughnecks were bent on a shooting frolic-but Buster chased them into the snow and they got cold feet.

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Trivia

Buster Keaton actually satirizes two of his famous contemporaries in this short: William S. Hart, of course, but also Erich von Stroheim. Near the end of the film, his female "victim" briefly visualizes Keaton dressed in the kind of elaborate, middle-European dress uniform (complete with monocle) favored by Von Stroheim during his "man-you-love-to-hate" phase. See more »

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Knife is pulled twice on The Bad Man in the fight at the end of the film. See more »

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Spoofs Foolish Wives (1922) See more »

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a very cruel and atypical Keaton short
28 April 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a rather disturbing film in many ways. Usually Buster Keaton (and other comics of the age) played likable people or at worst, tricksters. However, I knew "this wasn't your grandpa's Keaton film" right at the beginning. That's because Buster tries robbing everyone in a saloon. Then, moments later he comes home and sees his wife with another man and murders them both! Then, he realizes it's the wrong house and walks away with little apparent remorse! Huh?!?!? Well, it continues along a similar vein, as Buster is just a jerk--trying to steal another man's woman, hurt people for no apparent reason, etc. By then, I thought the only way this movie could be explained was if it all turned out to be a dream (and I HATE this sort of resolution). Well, at the end, that's what it turned out to be! A truly unusual and not particularly nice Keaton vehicle--funny of course, but too cruel to allow it to be better.


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