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A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.

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Complete credited cast:
Joe Roberts ...
Joseph Canfield
Ralph Bushman ...
His Son
Craig Ward ...
His Son
Monte Collins ...
The Parson
Joe Keaton ...
The Engineer
Kitty Bradbury ...
The Aunt
Natalie Talmadge ...
The Girl
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Willie McKay - 1 Year Old
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Storyline

This is a costume-period piece set in 1830s Kentucky. The Canfields and the McKays are feuding clans (essentially the real life Hatfields and McCoys renamed). In New York Willie boards a train (an exact recreation of the original "Stephenson Rocket"); on board he meets Virginia Canfield (the actress is Buster's real life wife). The dramatic waterfall rescue near the end is performed by Buster himself. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Family

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19 November 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ley de la hospitalidad  »

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(1995 alternate) | (copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

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During the shooting of the climatic waterfall scene, Buster Keaton inhaled so much water that he had to have first aid. See more »

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When the donkey refuses to move from the rail tracks, the engineer and others curve the tracks around him. The long shot that shows the train moving past the donkey, however, shows the tracks back in a straight line. See more »

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Referenced in A Southern Yankee (1948) See more »

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Enjoyable, With Some Especially Good Sequences
19 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With a good dose of everything that one expects from Keaton - slapstick, stunts, chases, rich visual detail, and much more - "Our Hospitality" is enjoyable to watch, and it has some especially good sequences. The plot idea, with Keaton as an innocent outsider becoming entangled in an old-fashioned family feud, works pretty well, although it relies on comic details to overcome some rather routine characters.

A short prologue explains the feud in which Buster will soon be involved, and then we see New Yorker Willie McKay (Keaton) called south to claim a family inheritance, which will plunge him into the middle of the feud. One of the movie's highlights is the train ride south, a wonderful sequence that almost upstages the rest of the film. It's a long, leisurely series of comic snippets that works beautifully both as a period piece and as terrifically inventive comedy. There aren't any spectacular gags, but an impressive collection of amusing incidents and carefully done detail, and it's well worth watching over again to catch it all.

The main part of the film features Buster romancing the pretty young woman he met on the train, while trying to avoid her brothers and father, who are trying to kill him. It's pretty good, but except for a few clever shots most of it is not up to the standard of the first part of the movie. It picks up near the end with a very good chase sequence that has some memorable moments and that brings everything to a climax.

Overall, this is a fine film, enjoyable and well worth watching.


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