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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Spoofs Foolish Wives (1922) See more »

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Darker and Drier
6 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the Kino Video transfer of this which came with an introduction that explained that it was incomplete and that most of it is pretty much destroyed. So I didn't really get the whole short, but what I did get I shall comment on.

The plot, as it were, is hard to connect because of the missing pieces, but in general it involves Keaton as a very different character than most of his films: this time, as a daringly evil but tragically incompetent ... somebody... that goes around shooting people and chasing women when he's not falling through snow and into frozen lakes. It's quite darker and drier than most of his stuff, as the concrete-faced Keaton goes along shooting and killing person after person... definitely not his usual stuff.

I liked the parodies and take-offs he did in this. It was quite funny, the little pokes at melodrama from Hart's work and so on. However, I'd still like to see a complete copy so that I could get an idea on how this movie flows.


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