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The Frozen North (1922)

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


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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


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 <>

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28 August 1922 (USA)  »

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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 »


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


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

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Somewhat Odd Short, But Contains Some Very Good Gags
4 October 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a somewhat odd Keaton short, and not all of it works that well, but it does contain some good material. It was written as a parody of some contemporary melodramas, and as such there are a lot of things that Buster's character does that would make more sense and/or would be funnier to someone familiar with the films that he was parodying. Nevertheless, it has some fine gags, with most of the best ones dealing with deliberate incongruities in the "Frozen North" setting. Keaton's imagination and creativity are evident in a lot of the details, even if the overall result is more uneven than usual.

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