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The Frozen North (1922)

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

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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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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Short | Comedy

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The film was an implied insult to William S. Hart, who released public statements against Buster Keaton's friend Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle during his arrest and subsequent trial. Hart refused to talk to Keaton for many years after the film. 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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Referenced in The Buster Keaton Story (1957) See more »

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Keaton's least likable short
6 April 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

I found THE FROZEN NORTH to be the least likable of Keaton's shorts, irregardless of the fact that here he portrays a cad. There is simply very little enjoyment here. A bit of black comedy in the first section where he walks in on a couple, kills them and then realizes she was not his wife and he's in the wrong house.

At one point he uses guitars as snowshoes and then in the next scene they disappear. A small detail - removing a bottle of Coca Cola from his back pocket for a swig (ala whiskey)- is welcome as it is more typical of Keaton. His metamorphosis into Erich Von Stroheim as he leeringly approaches his prey is clever but only understandable by someone who knows silent film.

This is an unpleasant film, whose accessibility is greatly hampered by reference to silent films and stars that are forgotten and by Keaton's playing a rogue against type. He and the film are simply not funny.

KINO's print is in rough shape but the surviving materials on this long thought lost film were in that condition to begin with. Despite the snow backgrounds, the blacks are quite dark and often glom so the action is not clear. The musical accompaniment is a single piano.


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