Lupita Tovar nearly drowned in an accident on the set when she fell into the water. Seeing this, Buster Keaton jumped in to rescue her, but instead began to struggle as well. One of the crew members had to dive in and save them both. See more »
Low-budget, yet interesting insight into mid-30s Keaton
The only reason why I'm giving this practically forgotten low-budget film 6 out of 10 stars is that it is historically very interesting and important for Keaton completists. It's a fairly artful example of BK and his drunk mid-30s worst work BUT he also clearly managed to get a lot of input into gags, and the basic premise - a version of Spite Marriage (wrong guy gets married to girl to make bad guy jealous) - reminds us of previous and better fleshed-out MGM era films.
Note that Keaton re-made (or had it remade) this film as a short at Columbia years later, a 16-minute distillation that services the admittedly thin plot better. Seeing the same gags in different context is often illustrative of how they were thought up. Here producer Sam Spiegel tries to cash in on Keaton's fame, and actually hired German DP Eugen Schüfftan, who had worked with Pabst, Wilder, Carne, and other very expressionistic directors earlier in his career. This low-budget film actually tries to look much better than it can ever hope to.
I recommend seeing this film on the recent Laughsmith's INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH KEATON DVD, which has a knowing commentary telling us the behind-the-scenes stories of the film.
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