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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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Keaton Short With Some Good Moments
18 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is not one of Buster Keaton's best short features, but it has some good moments. Most of the gags are of good quality, and most of the sequences work well enough. The main thing it really lacks is that, unlike most of Buster's movies, it never really builds on itself or gets much momentum. In his best features, the setting and story help make the decent gags very funny and the good gags hilarious.

Buster becomes "The Balloonatic" when he is trying to help a balloonist prepare his craft, and it accidentally takes off with Buster on top of the balloon. He winds up in the wilderness, where he and a young woman that he meets (Phyllis Haver) have to fend for themselves.

Although this one doesn't fit together quite as well as his best comedies, being mostly a series of only loosely-connected gags, some of them are very good in themselves. If nothing else, it has enough that it should probably be of interest at least to those who are already Keaton fans.


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