MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,943 this week

The Frozen North (1922)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  28 August 1922 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,119 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 9 critic

Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.

Directors:

(as Eddie Cline) ,

Writers:

(as Eddie Cline) ,
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: "Mad Men"

In the latest installment of "What to Watch", IMDb's TV Editor Melanie McFarland chats with "Mad Men" stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Slattery, and series creator Matthew Weiner about the drama's extraordinary legacy, as AMC prepares to air its final seven episodes.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 08 May 2011
 
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 07 Jun 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 17 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 20 Aug 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Frozen North" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Frozen North (1922)

The Frozen North (1922) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Frozen North.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Bell Boy (1918)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a ... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Keaton
The Love Nest (1923)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Stars: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Virginia Fox
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

By accident, Buster and an intimidating woman end up married.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery, Monte Collins
Daydreams (1922)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Renée Adorée, Edward F. Cline
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Phyllis Haver, Babe London
Out West (1918)
Short | Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A satire of western movies. Roscoe comes into town after riding the rails. The saloon has a trap door over a pit where bodies are tossed as they are shot. A black patron is taunted and shot... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
The Paleface (1922)
Short | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Back Stage (1919)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Roscoe and Buster are working at a vaudeville house. When the crew attacks the strongman for bullying his assistant, the man goes out on strike so the crew puts on a show. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Hard Luck (1921)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
The Bad Man
Joe Roberts ...
The Driver
Sybil Seely ...
The Wife
Bonnie Hill ...
The Pretty Neighbor
Freeman Wood ...
The Neighbor's Husband
Edward F. Cline ...
The Janitor
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fagyos észak  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in The Buster Keaton Story (1957) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Buster plays the baddie
6 March 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I seem to have enjoyed this film a great deal more than most of the other reviewers; perhaps context helps. In the darkness of a warm cinema on a bright frosty afternoon, surrounded by laughter from a full house of hundreds of people, from those too old to have hair to those too young to read, watching a pristine print on the big screen to the musical improvisation of one of the top silent film accompanists in the country, I found it absolutely hilarious, and Buster himself is obviously having a ball acting the villain for a change. All he lacks is a pair of mustachios to twirl.

You don't need to be familiar with specific target material to get the spoof -- at least, I wasn't. All you need is a passing acquaintance with the conventions of melodrama's modern descendant, the great British pantomime. Buster's incompetent dedication to his own ends and his domineering over his clumsy but loyal minion could be drawn straight from the seasonal boards of "Puss in Boots" or "Dick Whittington", as King Rat boasts and cowers; and his rolling tears and avid seduction wouldn't disgrace the false eyelashes of a Dame. Plus it's almost worth the price of admission alone to watch him launch a copybook Evil Snarl up at the outraged husband...

The setting of "The Frozen North" provides an almost inexhaustible series of sight gags, juxtaposing the icy surroundings with incongruous everyday objects -- the snow-carpet-beater in the igloo, the policeman's ski-mounted Harley-Davidson -- as well as the obvious slapstick opportunities afforded by deep snowdrifts, falls from the roof and frozen lakes. But there's plenty of Keaton's own unmistakable brand of surreal logic here as well, from the opening hold-up to the final shoot-out and its twist. Provided you're not completely affronted by the concept of watching Buster throw himself with zest into the role of "Curses! Foiled again" -- for back in 1922 he wasn't exclusively identified with the part of the underdog who wins through -- and provided you do realise that you're *supposed* to laugh at overacting, the film is brimful with hilarity.

Not what would later be thought of as typical for Buster Keaton, perhaps -- but nonetheless this picture bears the undeniable hallmarks of his authorship all over it, and is frequently extremely funny.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I get the feeling I don't get the jokes Chrissie
Fishing Pole Gag pyro-15
Discuss The Frozen North (1922) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?