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Jail Bait (1937)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  8 January 1937 (USA)
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Buster agrees to pose as a murderer to throw off the police while his room mate, a reporter, searches for the real killer.

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The police are baffled by a case of kidnapping and murder, and they have no clues to go on. A reporter is convinced that the crime was committed by the notorious criminal Sawed-Off Madison. The reporter asks his roommate, an office boy at his newspaper, to confess to the crime, in order to throw off the police so that the reporter can capture the criminal himself. The office boy agrees to the plan, but things do not work out as they two of them had hoped. Written by Snow Leopard

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Has Some Very Good Sequences, & Keaton is In Good Form
10 March 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The short feature "Jail Bait" has some very good moments, and Buster Keaton is in good form. Despite his personal struggles during this part of his life, when he had the chance to perform good material, he could still do it well. This movie offers him some sequences that go quite well with his talents.

The story has Buster as an office boy who allows a reporter to use him as a decoy in the hunt for a wanted criminal, resulting in some amusing tangles. The movie starts a bit slowly as things are set up, and it is a while before Keaton gets to take center stage. But once the story gives him a chance, the movie picks up considerably, and it becomes very amusing at times.

Buster gets the chance to use his trademark deadpan reactions on several occasions, and he carries it off as effectively as ever. He also gets some good chances for physical comedy, with one particularly funny sequence when he is trying to attract the attention of a policeman.

Overall, "Jail Bait" is definitely above average for its time and genre, thanks primarily to the comic timing and slapstick skills of Buster Keaton.


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