Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.
Roscoe's wife wants him committed to the No Hope Sanitarium for a cure from drink. He is greeted by blood spattered, cleaver-wielding Buster and a barely clad female patient. He eats a thermometer and must be rushed into surgery.
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Al St. John
In 1830, a train known as the Iron Mule is loaded with passengers, and starts off on its trip. Along the way, the train faces numerous obstacles and delays. The engineer is prepared for ... See full summary »
A young man who doesn't find a job in his small hometown, tries his luck in New York, but is overwelmed by the life of the city, so decides to try his luck somewhere else after a only a few minutes in New York. He falls off a train near a ranch, where he tries his luck as a cowbowy, being in his own way very sucessful. But he shows what he can do when the farm has to bring a 100 head of cattle to the slaughterhouses of Los Angeles to avoid going bankrupt, against the will of his neighbour who wants a better price. After a shoot-out with the neighbour's men he's the only person on a Los Angeles bound train with 1000 cows.... Written by
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This is not one of Keaton's best efforts. The other comments on this page adequately give a summary of the action and relationships. It is slow moving and none of the gags in the first two thirds seem original with few exceptions (Keaton's being cheated out of the sale of his goods, constantly missing bunkhouse meals). The meat of the film comes once the train containing the cattle arrives in Los Angeles. It's lots of fun seeing actual locations used for the cattle stampede and the slapstick fun of ordered city lives being upset by the presence of stray cattle amuses up to a point - there's a bit too much of it. The great image of Keaton in a red devil's suit leading the cattle to their destination and then finally running for his life as they stampede him
this is the one we remember most from the film. Almost all of the
images, gags and routines of the first hour seem lame compared to the stirring finale.
KINO's archive print is impeccable- crisp, clear, bright without a blemish. The new soundtrack is a joyous romp with full orchestra. A quality print of a merely average film.
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