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Battling Butler (1926)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 September 1926 (USA)
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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The Mountain Girl
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The Prizefighter
Mary O'Brien ...
Battling Butler's Wife
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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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Of all the great dramatic films in history, it was this film that was one of Martin Scorsese's biggest inspirations in getting the "feel" of the boxing scenes in Raging Bull (1980) just right, particularly (and most likely) from Buster Keaton's surprisingly realistic, climactic fight. As quoted in the book "Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull" edited by Kevin J. Hayes (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Scorsese called Keaton "the only person who had the right attitude about boxing in the movies" for him. 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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Referenced in Raging Bull (1980) See more »

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Not Keaton's funniest film, nevertheless a consistently good one
19 March 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

One of the best paced of all Keaton films, `Battling Butler' is not uproariously funny but is consistently amusing and entertaining. Being mistaken for an up-and-coming boxer, Alfred Butler (Keaton) falls in love and marries on the basis of this mistaken identity. Trying to keep his wife from finding out creates the needed comic situation to allow the humor to emerge. His leading lady, Sally O'Neil, sparkles in her supporting role. Snitz Edwards, humorous in his own right, is a delight as Keaton's valet. The final scene is a gem!


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