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Ewart Adamson (story) and
Clyde Bruckman (story)
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Release Date:
28 June 1940 (USA) See more »
A jewel thief uses Buster as an unsuspecting dupe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Somebody should have rapped Elsie Ames in the mouth! See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Buster Keaton ... Buster Keaton
Elsie Ames ... Odette, the Maid

Dorothy Appleby ... Miss Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Bennett ... Detective (uncredited)

Stanley Brown ... Photographer (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Man on Street (uncredited)

Richard Fiske ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Ewart Adamson (story and screen play) and
Clyde Bruckman (story and screen play)

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
Film Editing by
Mel Thorsen 
Music Department
William Grant Still .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Additional Details

20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Marian Mack later said in an interview that the gag in which Annabelle throws away the piece of wood because it has a hole in it was one she suggested.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Spite Marriage (1929)See more »


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Somebody should have rapped Elsie Ames in the mouth!, 17 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is one of 10 films that are included in the two DVD set "The Buster Keaton Collection". It's a sad set of films Keaton did later in his career with Columbia Pictures and the films bore more resemblance to Three Stooges films than Keaton's classic silents. Of the 10, eight were directed by Jules White--a man who had absolutely no understanding or appreciation of Keaton's subtle humor. As a lady said in the documentary included with the set ("Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts"), White's idea of funny was dropping anvils on people's heads! His totally unsubtle and dopey humor made all the films he directed with Keaton a chore to watch at times--especially with the silly Stooge sound effects and timing. In addition, this film also co-starred Keaton with Elsie Ames--a completely obnoxious and untalented lady in every film she did with Keaton. Her overly exaggerated facial expressions, mannerisms and yelling made Patsy Kelly look subtle in her shorts for Hal Roach!! So already from the start, Keaton had two major disadvantages in the film, so you certainly cannot expect magic.

In this film, a thief places a stolen ring inside Buster's hat. After that, he goes to the home where Elsie Ames is the maid and the film degenerates into a slapstick nightmare thanks to the loud and obnoxious and totally untalented Ames. She should have been ashamed for her performance--one that the Stooges themselves would have complained about because of its low humor!! This might just be the worst short of the series of ten. Don't say I didn't warn you!

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