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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
Craig Ward ...
His Son
Monte Collins ...
The Parson
Joe Keaton ...
The Engineer
Kitty Bradbury ...
The Aunt
Natalie Talmadge ...
The Girl
Buster Keaton Jr. ...
Willie McKay - 1 Year Old
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Willie McKay - 21 Years 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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Release Date:

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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A parody of the Hatfield-McCoy feud
17 March 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

There has never been a more comic use of a `train' (if the label is appropriate) than in this film. This is ingenuity at its finest, the most sustained comic sequence I've ever seen. Travelling from New York ca. 1830 to the Appalachians to claim an `estate', Keaton on this journey provides the highlight of the film-and what a highlight it is! From the bouncing actions of passengers to the lifting and moving of track, this series of images is non-stop pleasure. A dog, a hobo, a man throwing rocks at the engineer, a mule-all are inspired catalysts to laughter.

Once Keaton (a McKay) reaches his destination, the movie changes pace. And despite many good moments, especially those when Keaton has taken up `permanent residence' at the Canfields, the humor never reaches the level of the first portion of the film. Nonetheless, Keaton's genius is evident throughout the film, and it is this ability to innovate that constantly amazes.


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