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Our Hospitality (1923)

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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
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His Son
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The Engineer
Kitty Bradbury ...
The Aunt
Natalie Talmadge ...
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Buster Keaton Jr. ...
Willie McKay - 1 Year Old
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Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
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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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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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Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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Amazing!
26 October 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, there is a feud between the McKay and Canfield families in the country of the United States of America. When John McKay is killed, his wife sends their one years old baby Willie to New York to be raised by her sister. Twenty years later, Willie McKay (Buster Keaton) returns to claim for his family state. Along the train travels, he meets a young lady and they fall in love for each other. However, she is the youngest Canfield and her family has not forgotten the quarrel against the McKays.

"Our Hospitality" is amazing even in the present days. Without use of computer, as the present generation has accustomed to see on the screen, Buster Keaton participates of fantastic timing scenes using his physical capability, such as in the waterfall, or in the train water-tank. Further, there is a very interesting scenario, showing the crossroad between Broadway and Forty-Second Streets in New York based on a 1830 painting. Willie's dog, his bicycle and the funny train are other attractions of this great movie. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Nossa Hospitalidade" ("Our Hospitality")


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