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Battling Butler (1926)

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A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sally O'Neil ...
Sally - the Mountain Girl
Snitz Edwards ...
Martin - Butler's Valet
Francis McDonald ...
Alfred Battling Butler
Mary O'Brien ...
Battling Butler's Wife
Tom Wilson ...
Battling Butler's Trainer
Eddie Borden ...
Battling Butler's Manager
Walter James ...
Sally's Father
Budd Fine ...
Sally's Brother (as Bud Fine)
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Alfred's father wants him to make of a man of himself so sends him off on a hunting and fishing trip. He doesn't catch or shoot anything, but he does fall in love with a mountain girl. When her father and brothers laugh at this they are informed that he is Alfred "Battling" Butler, the championship fighter. From there on the masquerade must be maintained. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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19 September 1926 (USA)  »

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Released in the same year as what is considered to be Buster Keaton's finest film - The General (1926). Ironically, while Battling Butler (1926) attracted less than glowing notices, it became Keaton's biggest hit, while The General (1926) was a monumental flop. See more »

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Buster and his valet take the train into "Mountain Girl's" hometown, so that Buster can confess that he's not the new champion; yet when circumstances require that his subterfuge continue, and he leaves to go to train for the fight vs. the Alabama Murderer, they drive away to the training camp in Buster's car. See more »

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The "THE END" test is shown on a boxing bell. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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The set up scenes are funnier than the main plot scenes
6 April 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

The entire set up sequence which runs for a third of the film has more gags and is more fun than the latter two thirds set at the training camp. The sheer lunacy of "roughing it" with all the comforts of home, including one's own butler, is inspired. This sequence in the wilds contains all of the best gags: wildfowl all around but unobserved by our hero; the duck who keeps ducking under the boat when Buster is trying to get organized to shoot it; the dinner table slowly sinking in the mud; the heroine walking a lost Buster back to his camp after he has gallantly walked her home.

In contrast the rest of the film has only the eight mile run dupe and Buster combating with the fighting ring ropes to make us chuckle. That's a lot of film time with nothing amusing happening. Buster seems to have become uninspired once the pathos of the mistaken identity narrative take over. Still it's worth seeing the film for the first sequence.

KINO's print is crisp and clear and the music accompanying their print is made up of player organ, drums, violin and triangle.


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