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The Balloonatic (1923)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  22 January 1923 (USA)
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A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament.

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Buster and Phyllis endure a number of outdoor adventures trying to prove to each other their survival skills. The balloon which lands Buster in the wilderness proves useful later on as their canoe is about go over a waterfall. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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After the scene in which she dives onto Buster, Phyllis's camp site inexplicably switches from one side of the river to the other. See more »

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Buster & Phyllis Camping Out
4 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Actually, there are only a few minutes of Buster Keaton and the big hot-air balloon in this 22-minute movie. Most of it is Buster and Phyllis Haver out in country, separately, canoeing and having adventures fishing and hunting. In the end, they get together for a few scenes including a "cute" ending with some waterfalls.

Overall, it's okay but nothing hilarious. Most of the gags are very loosely connected, but that's not unusual for a short silent comedy film. Buster provides most of the laughs but Haver, a new female face not seen by me before in a Keaton film, is not a bad comedienne.

I watched this right after a much faster-paced Keaton short ("Neighbors") so this looked a little slow in comparison.


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