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The Love Nest (1923)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  March 1923 (USA)
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In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain.

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Buster bids goodbye to Virginia and all women, sailing away in his "Cupid." Later, without food or water, he is taken on board "The Love Nest" which has a very mean captain. A crewman who spills coffee on the captain's hand is thrown overboard. So is anyone else who bothers the captain. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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All of the names listed on the clipboard as the ship's crew were contemporary comedians/actors. See more »

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Himself: (to the pirates) Men, I am now your captain. I will raise your pay and get you an insurance policy!
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Keaton adrift in high seas adventure
8 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Buster Keaton's last short before he switched to features. Buster's timing however looks off and his bits look formless and ill conceived.

Buster gets dumped by his girlfriend and sets out to sea solo in a covered Boston whaler, The Cupid. Once on the high seas he sinks and is rescued by a whaling ship with a captain that would make Bligh look like a progressive. With minor infractions meriting being tossed overboard (the captain keeps a supply of wreaths for such occasions) Buster soon finds himself a crew member with a bleak future.

The Love Nest has a few comic moments but its choppy and sloppy style, little attention given to the broken romance (the print I viewed had severe damage) and deus ex machina climax allows scant opportunity for Keaton to fine tune his act. When he does such as the scenes to board the lifeboat or hunt fish with a shotgun his timing seems off and the slapstick breaks down. Love Nest is mediocre Keaton.


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