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The Railrodder (1965)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  2 October 1965 (USA)
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After literally walking to Canada from England, Buster takes a cross-country trip across Canada on a railway motorcar (speeder).

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After reading an newspaper advertisement in the London Times about touring Canada, an elderly Englishman decides to do just that. Following his long walk across the Atlantic Ocean, Keaton travels along the Canadian National Railway tracks on a railway motorcar (speeder), performing a few stunts reminiscent of those in his younger days. Written by Jennifer Harrison

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The gag with Keaton unraveling a newspaper while negotiating a steep bridge is a re-working of a similar gag from Keaton's silent short "The High Sign." Director Gerald Potterton argued with Keaton over the danger of the gag, but eventually Keaton did it his own way with no problems. See more »

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Classic silent comedy
17 January 2002 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

OK. This is far from Buster Keaton's best work (The General, Seven Chances), but it just goes to show you the mastery of a style all but lost. With the insights of "Buster Keaton Ride's Again", this short silent film gives us not only a look into the past, but an art form that was almost lost forever. For 70 years young, Buster Keaton showed that age means nothing. He did all his own stunts on the rail line, and some were quite dangerous, even if he downplayed it.

Yes, this was more like an ad for "See Canada By Rail", but it doesn't take away from the magic and inspiration of the site comedy he gives us. The gags are almost all pure Keaton.

It's a fun, light-hearted ride, no more than can be expected in a 20 minute short film. And being in color, perhaps younger viewers will allow themselves to get caught up in the magic. One taste of this, and perhaps classics like the General will be next on a young viewer's list.


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