The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the ... See full summary »
Financial broker Jimmie Shannon is nearly bankrupt when an attorney presents grandfather's will leaving him seven million dollars. In order to inherit the money Jimmie must marry before 7 pm on his 27th birthday - today! Written by
Ed Stephan <email@example.com>
The most famous scene of this film originated by an accident. In the filming of a chase scene down a steep slope, Buster Keaton inadvertantly dislodged some rocks which tumbled down after him as if in pursuit and he had to scramble to dodge them. At a preview showing, Buster saw that that accident got the biggest laughs in the film. Thus inspired, Buster decided to reshoot the scene with over a hundred papier-maiche "rocks" with sizes ranging from pebbles to six foot boulders so his character would have to deal with a massive avalanche in the scene. See more »
The boulders are clearly fake - one boulder hits Buster and bounces off of him. See more »
This is one of Keaton's absolute best comedies and a superb example of clever invention -in narrative, in gag development, and in the use of composition and editing to achieve comedic effects. Among the unforgettable moments are:
The trip from the country club to his sweetheart's home and back by hopping in a car and letting the backgrounds dissolve.
The marriage proposal response from the balcony of the country club.
The stairway proposal - one going up and one coming down.
The hatcheck girl's response to her proposal.
Jean Arthur's bit part as "Miss Smith."
The proposal while driving and the resultant encounter with a tree.
The ethnic mistake.
The barber with the dummy heads.
The Julian Eltinge error.
The race of expectant brides to reach the church.
The clocks in a shop window of different times.
The ladies' absorption of the bricks.
The football field invasion.
The turtle on Buster's tie.
The entire twenty minute concluding chase, especially with the onslaught of the rocks.
Kino's print is the best of all the Keaton films they have released-crisp, clear, sharp and flawless. This Metro-Goldwyn feature only lasts for 56 minutes but it seems to whiz by in even shorter time than that. The score is one for violin,piano and drums. Although much is made of the short opening two-strip Technicolor scenes- four of them
in this print it is a red wash- no color at all. The rest of the film
is beautifully tinted.
Don't miss this one - a great great comedy.
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